That is the very best quantity since data started in 1993, and up 3.8% from the earlier yr.
Responding to the figures, assist teams stated the rise constitutes a public well being emergency and known as for the Authorities to “get up” following years of cuts to dependancy providers.
As a consequence of demise registration delays, round half of the deaths may have occurred within the earlier yr and the bulk earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, the ONS stated.
The ONS figures cowl deadly accidents, suicides and issues involving managed and non-controlled medicine, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
They present that charges of drug-related deaths have risen by 60.9% up to now 10 years – from 49.4 deaths per million in 2010 to 79.5 deaths per million in 2020.
Of the deaths registered final yr, virtually a fifth have been resulting from unintended poisoning (861), adopted by psychological and behavioural problems because of drug use (705).
There have been 500 situations of intentional self-poisoning.
Two thirds (2,996) have been associated to drug misuse, and round half (2,263) concerned an opiate.
Some 777 deaths concerned cocaine – a 9.7% rise from 2019 and greater than 5 instances larger than the 144 cocaine-related deaths registered in 2010.
It’s the ninth consecutive annual rise in deaths linked to cocaine use.
Males accounted for greater than two thirds of the registered deaths (3,108).
Separate figures launched final week confirmed that there have been 1,339 drug associated deaths registered in Scotland final yr.
The nation continues to have the worst drug demise charge in Europe.
We’re residing in a parallel pandemic; a drug, alcohol and psychological well being pandemic that has solely worsened because of the virus
The ONS figures present a north-south divide in charges of deaths resulting from drug misuse.
The North East skilled the very best charge – 104.6 deaths per million – 3 times larger than the bottom charge, which was in London: 33.1 deaths per million.
Wales recorded its lowest charge since 2014 – 51.1 deaths per million – which was an annual fall of 9.1%. The ONS stated demise registration delays could possibly be affecting the figures.
The charges of drug associated deaths for men and women in probably the most disadvantaged areas of England have been round five-and-a-half instances larger than the charges within the least disadvantaged components.
The very best charge of drug misuse deaths was present in these aged 45 to 49, adopted by these aged 40 to 44.
So-called Technology X born within the Seventies, has constantly had the very best charges of drug misuse deaths up to now quarter of a century.
The ONS stated attainable explanations for the rise could possibly be that there’s an ageing cohort of drug customers experiencing the results of long-term use and changing into extra vulnerable to a deadly overdose.
And new tendencies involving taking particular medicine, reminiscent of benzodiazepines, alongside heroin and morphine might enhance the chance of overdose.
The figures observe a landmark evaluation by Dame Carol Black, which set out 30 suggestions to Authorities to assist overcome drug hurt and known as for vital funding in England’s remedy and restoration system.
The Authorities has stated it should arrange a brand new medicine unit to assist finish unlawful drug-related sickness and deaths.
Eytan Alexander, a recovering addict and chief government of the UK Dependancy Remedy Group, stated the rise is “saddening however unsurprising”.
He stated: “We’re residing in a parallel pandemic; a drug, alcohol and psychological well being pandemic that has solely worsened because of the virus.
“Sufficient is sufficient now, we have to come collectively as a society and take actual motion to assist weak folks earlier than extra folks lose their lives.”
The Authorities must get up to the truth that cuts to providers, disconnecting NHS psychological well being providers from dependancy providers and shifting the main focus away from hurt discount to abstinence-based restoration is destroying lives and fuelling the rise in drug-related deaths
Dr Emily Finch, vice-chair of the addictions school on the Royal Faculty of Psychiatrists, stated: “Years of cuts have left addictions providers ill-equipped to deal with folks and stop these deaths from rising.
“The Authorities must get up to the truth that cuts to providers, disconnecting NHS psychological well being providers from dependancy providers and shifting the main focus away from hurt discount to abstinence-based restoration is destroying lives and fuelling the rise in drug-related deaths.”
Jon Murray, government director of providers in England on the charity With You, stated it’s no shock that deaths have been highest in probably the most disadvantaged areas.
He stated: “Points reminiscent of rising homelessness, poor psychological well being and an absence of financial alternatives all result in folks utilizing medicine, and for a lot of, these challenges have change into worse because of the pandemic.
“Too many individuals who want remedy aren’t accessing it, and too many individuals are unaware of the potential harms of their drug use.”
Mark Moody, chief government of the charity Change Develop Dwell, added: “For issues to enhance, we should straight problem the stigma confronted by individuals who use medicine.
“This begins by recognising that drug dependency is a power well being situation which should be built-in alongside NHS providers, felony justice pathways and housing assist.”
Clare Taylor, nationwide director of operations at Turning Level, stated each drug-related demise is preventable and the rise constitutes a “public well being emergency”.
She stated: “We have to be sure that assist is accessible to anybody with a drug or alcohol downside and providers are capable of intervene early, which we hope can be achieved if Dame Carol Black’s suggestions are applied in full.”