”I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason.”
-Edgar Allan Poe
Shocking new figures have shown that Britain has more drug related deaths per head than any other country in Europe.
Last year alone there were 3,756 deaths that were directly linked to illegal and legal drugs in England and Wales.
While many of us would point the blame of this towards cities, it is actually our once idyllic coastal towns that have lost their innocent charm, and are instead now scarred by drug addiction.
In the past few years, addiction rates across the country have soared – despite there being more services dedicated to helping addicts than ever before.
With more people living in deprivation, the country has seen an astonishing rise in Britons turning towards drugs.
Join us as we unearth the top 60 UK towns with the highest addiction rates. Does yours make the list?
A Growing Problem…
It was recently revealed that there were around 1,720 deaths due to accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances back in 2014.
60. Bolton, Greater Manchester
First up we have the former mill town of Bolton in Greater Manchester which is home to approximately 194,189 people.
In the past year alone, the area has witnessed multiple major drug busts, which has resulted in residents begging for more action to be taken against local drug dealers.
59. Bury, Manchester
Next on our list is another Manchester town -Bury, which has an estimated population of 60,718 people.
Between September 2017 and August 2018, there were 53 drug related crimes reported to police.
58. Wokingham, Berkshire
A recent survey showed that the historic town of Wokinham admits 32 drug users to hospital per 100,000 people!