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Hospital admissions for drug related mental health issues increase by 76pc

PUBLISHED: 07:26 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:26 14 February 2018

Hospital admissions in the borough for patients with drug related mental health issues has increased by more than 70pc in the past four years. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images/Dominic Lipinski

Hospital admissions in the borough for patients with drug related mental health issues has increased by more than 70pc in the past four years. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images/Dominic Lipinski

PA Wire/PA Images/Dominic Lipinski

The number of hospital admissions in the borough for patients with drug related mental health issues has increased by more than 70pc in the past four years, according to NHS England.

It has been revealed that there were 243 admissions for mental illnesses or behaviour disorders where the main cause or contributing factor was drugs, between April 2016 and March 2017.

The latest figures show that this is an increase of 76pc from four years ago, when the records began.

Of Havering’s 243 admissions, 170 were made by men and 73 by women.

Drugs tended to be a contributing factor for mental health issues, rather than the main cause. There were 33 cases where they were diagnosed as the primary reason for behaviour disorders.

The NHS statistics also show that between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 26 admissions for patients who had overdosed on illegal drugs such as ecstasy or heroin.

Compared with four years ago, when these records began, there has been a 30pc decrease in hospital admissions for illegal drugs overdoses.

Dr Richard Duffett, from the North East London Foundation Trust (Nelft), the borough’s mental health trust, said: “Cannabis, cocaine and other drugs of misuse have a very detrimental effect on patients with mental health problems.

“Sufferers with mental illness who use these drugs are much more likely to be admitted for their mental health and their length of stay will often be longer.

“As a trust we encourage and support all users of our services to reduce and stop their harmful use of alcohol, cigarettes and other illegal drugs which carry serious risks to their health and the wellbeing of those around them.”

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