Young people who take drugs recreationally are ending up at the Emergency Department
Medical emergency specialist Dr Jeffrey Bonnici has said that since 2016, the number of people who have been admitted to the Emergency Department at Mater Dei for taking recreational drug use has increased, particularly when it comes to cocaine and synthetic cannabis.
Dr Bonnici, who is carrying out a study about people in Malta who use drugs recreationally and who end up at Emergency, as part of a European study, said that between 2010 and 2015, the number had remained stable, However, in an interview with TVAM, the specialist said that in 2016 there was a substantial increase of 218 people who used drugs recreationally and ended up in the hospital, while in 2017, this number went up to 369 people.
Up to September of this year, Dr Bonnici said that last year’s statistics had already been reached, with the worst period being the summer months, as well as in May and November. From statistics collected by Dr Bonnici it results that the average age of people who are admitted to hospital is 31 and 32 years of age.
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