Isle of Man and Channel Islands drug related deaths fall

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The amount of drug related deaths has dropped across the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man since 2008.

A recent report by St George's hospital found that drug related deaths fell by half over the five year period.

The highest death rate occurred in 2009, where 14 deaths were recorded - with the majority being males between the ages of 25 and 34.

Only four were recorded in 2012, two deaths on Jersey, two on the Isle of Man, and none on Guernsey.

Among the 42 drug-related deaths that occurred during the five year period, 30 were male and 12 were female.

Heroin was the main cause of death, with 34 having a previous history of drug use.

When the islands are combined together the study concluded that substance abuse is much lower than in the UK.

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