Drug use in Lincoln up by more than a third according to new figures
Incidents of drug misuse in Lincoln have risen by more than a third in a twelve month period.
Figures released today which give a snapshot of a region's health show that there were an estimated 1,352 users of opiates and crack cocaine in 2009/10 compared to 999 in 2008/09.
Chris Higgins, project manager for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's drug and alcohol recovery team believes the rise can be put down to a number of factors.
"We have seen an increase in the number of people who use our services.
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"The economic climate and the continuing rise in unemployment can have a big impact on drug use and we also see a bigger problem in more deprived areas."
Meanwhile, obesity in children in the West Lindsey district continues to be a problem.
In 2010/11, 21.9 per cent of year six children are classed as obese in comparison to the national average of 19 per cent.
Additionally, the number of women in the North Kesteven district smoking during pregnancy is also above national levels.
A total of 18.6 per cent of women in 2010/11 were smoking during pregnancy and the national rate is at 13.7 per cent.
You can see all the region's health profiles at http://www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?QN=HP_RESULTS&GEOGRAPHY=32