In the very south of England in Dorset, Bournemouth is considered one of the UK’s top holiday destinations and a beautiful, peaceful seaside town. Unfortunately in the last few years that has changed.
Drug Issues in Bournemouth
According to the Office of National Statistics and as reported in the Guardian, Bournemouth has the 8th highest opiate related deaths per capita in England and Wales with 5:100,000 overdose deaths on heroin and morphine.
The local residents are upset and the police are doing what they can. In November the Dorset police had a coordinated day of action that targeted over 60 addresses in West Dorset to increase the pressure on drug dealers and traffickers.
According to the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drug Strategy 2016 – 2020 plan it is estimated that 4,000 people in the region are using crack cocaine, heroin or other opiate drugs. This relates to approximately 40 drug related deaths, 700 hospital admissions and more then 1,500 crimes in 2017.
Alcohol Use in Bournemouth
It is estimated that 86% of people drink alcohol to some extent in the region. For many this is not a problem, and many follow the advice provided in the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for both men and women:
- You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week, to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level.
- If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more. If you have one or two heavy drinking sessions, you increase your risks of death from long term illnesses and from accidents and injuries.
- The risk of developing a range of illnesses (including, for example, cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases with any amount you drink on a regular basis.
- If you wish to cut down the amount you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.
There are of course many people also consuming considerably more alcohol than the average, and a percentage of this population will be suffering with substance misuse disorder.
As with many cities and towns in the UK there is a large pub culture and Bournemouth has a long history starting in 1809 with the Tapps Arms being opened by Sir George Ivison Tapps. It was later sold and went through several different owners until it was demolished in 1884.
Even with the Tapps Arms being long gone plenty of other drinking establishments have come in to fill its place.
Alcohol specific deaths as reported by the Office of National Statistics is lower in the South of England then the North but it is rising. In the South East of the country in 2001 the Alcohol Specific Death rate was 10.6 per 100,000, in the following 5 years it increased to 11.9 in 2016.
Rehab Options for Bournemouth
Being one of the larger centres in the South, Bournemouth does have a number of services for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. These include private rehabilitation centres, government funded facilities, outreach, and help lines. Below is a list to start with:
- Bournemouth Borough Council, Help Line
- Bournemouth Borough Council, Needle Exchange Services
- Addiction Bournemouth - Trinity Project
- Bournemouth Alcoholics Anonymous, Meetings
- Bournemouth Narcotics Anonymous, Meetings
Alternatives for Bournemouth and Dorset Residents
People in Bournemouth are often left to look elsewhere for assistance with their drug and alcohol issues due to long waiting lists, limited NHS services and many not wanting others in their area to know they are dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction.
For people in this situation, or searching farther afield for treatment options, please see additional drug and alcohol addiction treatment in the UK, as well as options for residential addiction rehab abroad, which can offer quality treatment at much better prices, with greater privacy.