East Lancashire over-fifties drugs shocker

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THE number of over-50s being hospitalised after taking illegal drugs has rocketed, new figures show.

Almost 110 people were taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital last year, a 96per cent increase since it opened in 2006/07.

In stark contrast, nine were taken to Burnley General, and just one was admitted to Ross-endale Hospital, information released under the Freedom of Information Act reveals.

Overall, 69 patients were found to have taken opoids – a psych-oactive chemical that resemb-les morphine and can take the form of the pain killer tramadol and heroin substitute methad-one.

More than 25 were admitted after using cannabis, 19 had taken a cocktail of illegal subs-tances, and three had ingested cocaine.

The majority were aged bet-ween 50 and 69, but two people were older than 80 last year when they were admitted.

Two people also died, bring-ing the total number of deaths since 2005/06 up to 25.

Russ McClean, of East Lanc-ashire Patient Voices group, said he was shocked and sadd-ened by the figures, which he said could be blamed on poor mental health in the area.

He said: “Had it been under- 50s, I would not have been shock- ed, but I’m flabbergasted.

“We have to remember we are still in times of depression, and Blackburn with Darwen are still in an area of deprivation.

“I’m almost certain the fear of people losing their jobs, and putt- ing food on the table and the heating on, are causing people to have mental illnesses and drug abuse problems.”

Mr McClean said the figures were also putting more strain on an ‘already overwhelmed’ heal-th service.

The average stay in East Lanc- ashire hospitals over the past eight years was more than five days, although the figure has been on the decline since 2010/ 11. Mr McClean added: “I really believe mental illnesses do play a big part in drug misuse, and I’m really saddened by these figures.”

Nobody from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was avail-able to comment yesterday.

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9:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

The picture is a weed plant, no one has ever died from smoking weed pathetic
The picture is a weed plant, no one has ever died from smoking weed pathetic Michael@ClitheroeSince58

10:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Sort your hyphens out, FFS.
Sort your hyphens out, FFS. happycyclist

10:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

drugs are rife throughout society why be surprised if some users are over 50 ?
drugs are rife throughout society why be surprised if some users are over 50 ? noddy57

11:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

123Jon123 says...

noddy57 wrote:
drugs are rife throughout society why be surprised if some users are over 50 ?
Opoids? Surely Opioids happy cyclist if you dare criticise hyphens.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: drugs are rife throughout society why be surprised if some users are over 50 ?[/p][/quote]Opoids? Surely Opioids happy cyclist if you dare criticise hyphens. 123Jon123

6:31am Wed 12 Feb 14

Benjamin James says...

Yeah that picture makes it seem as if people are overdosing on Cannabis.
Understand what you're displaying here LT, a picture of a drug that has never had a recorded fatality throughout time.

Make it seem like it's nice and dangerous.
Yeah that picture makes it seem as if people are overdosing on Cannabis. Understand what you're displaying here LT, a picture of a drug that has never had a recorded fatality throughout time. Make it seem like it's nice and dangerous. Benjamin James

8:25am Wed 12 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Oh i'm frightened of losing my job, oh I can't afford to eat, oh I can't afford any food or heat my home, I'll smoke cannabis, I'll take drugs, I'll blotto out reality! Pathetic. There is NO need to take that rubbish and block out life at all;get help you losers!
Oh i'm frightened of losing my job, oh I can't afford to eat, oh I can't afford any food or heat my home, I'll smoke cannabis, I'll take drugs, I'll blotto out reality! Pathetic. There is NO need to take that rubbish and block out life at all;get help you losers! AnthonyUK

8:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

happycyclist wrote:
Sort your hyphens out, FFS.
They want to do lines.

IGMC
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Sort your hyphens out, FFS.[/p][/quote]They want to do lines. IGMC Chris P Bacon

10:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Should send them senile even quicker. using drugs.
Older people should realise that if you take drugs, they do affect your health when you are older.
Safer to get free prescription medicine from your doctor.
Look around next time you walk around town, the regular drug users are easily spotted by looking at their faces. They are the ugly ones, with a poor complexions and covered in spots.
Should send them senile even quicker. using drugs. Older people should realise that if you take drugs, they do affect your health when you are older. Safer to get free prescription medicine from your doctor. Look around next time you walk around town, the regular drug users are easily spotted by looking at their faces. They are the ugly ones, with a poor complexions and covered in spots. TONY WALES

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