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Drug use in Lincoln up by more than a third according to new figures

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: June 26, 2012

Drug misses up by a third in Lincoln.

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Incidents of drug misuse in Lincoln have risen by more than a third in a twelve month period.

Figures released today which give a snapshot of a region's health show that there were an estimated 1,352 users of opiates and crack cocaine in 2009/10 compared to 999 in 2008/09.

Chris Higgins, project manager for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's drug and alcohol recovery team believes the rise can be put down to a number of factors.

"We have seen an increase in the number of people who use our services.

"The economic climate and the continuing rise in unemployment can have a big impact on drug use and we also see a bigger problem in more deprived areas."

Meanwhile, obesity in children in the West Lindsey district continues to be a problem.

In 2010/11, 21.9 per cent of year six children are classed as obese in comparison to the national average of 19 per cent.

Additionally, the number of women in the North Kesteven district smoking during pregnancy is also above national levels.

A total of 18.6 per cent of women in 2010/11 were smoking during pregnancy and the national rate is at 13.7 per cent.

You can see all the region's health profiles at http://www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?QN=HP_RESULTS&GEOGRAPHY=32

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  • Whiley45  |  June 28 2012, 9:23AM

    Quote "The economic climate and higher unemployment can have a big impact on drug use" We know that and with it comes more crime. SO WHY OH WHY is the Police Force being told to cut its costs and reduce staff. Surely we should be striving for a better Police Force.

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  • InsideStory  |  June 28 2012, 6:07AM

    The Police know who the dealers are and where they live but they dont lock them up Why ?

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  • TwistedMellon  |  June 28 2012, 2:27AM

    it don't mention anything in this story ,about that dodgy plant feed. i guess that trend has stopped growing ? :)

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  • NullSleep  |  June 27 2012, 9:30PM

    @Adrian can you source this please? because the last report I read stated that "one in ten Brits aged 50 to 65 get high on illegal drugs such as cocaine or cannabis". It went on to say "The shock figure — a tenfold leap from just one in a HUNDRED a decade ago — means up to a million people approaching pension age have secret drug habits". It was a BBC article but I can't find that source so for the moment the sun will have to do http://tinyurl.com/7kqydwr So next time you make an unfair general assumption at least try to back it up. Also according to the UN Child Wellbeing survey in the last 15 years drug consumption by young people has fallen by 30%. Source: http://tinyurl.com/7c73dg4

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 27 2012, 8:14PM

    Doesn't surprise me, most of these youngsters think it's cleaver & grown-up to take the stuff...