In Leeds, drug and alcohol abuse is responsible for at least one death weekly. The number may sound small, but it is at least 65% higher than in 2010. Statistics also reveal that there have been 365 deaths associated with drug consumption between 2016 and 2018. This number is the highest since 2001, and may only keep increasing.
Along with fatalities, we also need to account for the reduced quality of life among men and women with drug and alcohol abuse. At least 40,000 women and 80,000 men in Leeds depend on drugs and alcohol. Among them, at least 13,000 women and 12,000 men are under some treatment for their physical and mental health.