Deaths from drug misuse in England and Wales rose to 1,738 in 2008, according to the latest report from the Office of National Statistics, the highest level recorded since 2001. The most deaths were among men aged 30-39 but female deaths rose by 17% from 2007 to a total of 853. Male deaths also rose by 8% over the same period. Cocaine caused 235 deaths (up 20% from 2007), heroin and morphine 897 (up 8%) and antidepressants 381.
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