Deaths related to drug poisoning in England & Wales: 2018

There were 4,359 drug deaths in England & Wales in 2018, the highest number and the highest annual increase (16%) since records began in 1993. Why? Well, over 50 rehabs closed in the past 8 years; they offered, say, an average 11 patient beds each with average stay of 6 weeks (8 patient stays/bed/year) = 50 x 11 x 8 = 4,400 minimum.