Despite large scale campaigns via media over dangers of illegal drug abuse,more than 3,300 people died from drug poisoning in 2014 in England and Wales, the highest figure since modern records began in 1993, the Office for National Statistics says through bbc reports.
According to its latest report, two thirds involved illegal drugs.
Cocaine-related deaths rose to 247 - up from 169 in 2013, while deaths from heroin and/or morphine increased by 579 to 952 between 2012 and 2014.
The Department of Health said any drug-related death was a tragedy.
Legal drugs which were misused and associated with deaths during this period include Tramadol, linked to 240 cases, codeine, which was associated with 136, and Diazepam, linked to 258.
Males were more than 2.5 times more likely to die from drug misuse than females, the report says.
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