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More girls admitted to hospital due to drugs
THE number of teenage girls admitted to Salisbury District Hospital because of drug-related illness has gone up by 200 per cent in the last five years, new figures show.
Information released by the hospital shows that between 2008 and the end of March this year, the number admitted each year gradually went up from 18 to 54. Of the 54 girls who were kept in hospital for one or more nights in 2012/13, most (40) were in the 15 to 17 age group. However, two of them were 11 years old or younger.
A spokesman said the figures were relatively small and could include misuse of any kind of drug from recreational drugs to laxatives and that the view of accident and emergency staff was that “there’s not a major problem with Salisbury”.
The figures were revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request. They show that the number of boys admitted for a hospital stay because of drugs was small but also increasing. Over the five-year period the number went up from five to 14.
However, there was better news on alcohol misuse among the under 18s. No girls and only two boys were admitted for alcohol-related illness in 2012/13.
And the trend is downwards for the number of youngsters going into accident and emergency for alcohol-related problems.
In 2008, 86 youngsters went to the department, whereas in 2012/13, the figure was 39.
Rob Tuttle, manager of Motiv8, the young people’s drugs service for Wiltshire, said he was not surprised that the figures for alcohol-related attendances and admissions had gone down, as the national trend was that fewer youngsters were misusing alcohol. But he said he was surprised by the increase in drug-related admissions for girls.
He said: “I cannot comment on why this is happening. It is hard to know. Young people will often use someone else’s drugs if they cannot get hold of them. But I don’t know what the link would necessarily be with young women.”
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