The other week, Lisa went to buy £100 worth of heroin - instead she was given brown sugar. But, it was too late and, by the time she noticed, she had already injected some into her groin. Now, her right leg is swollen and she had to spend some time in hospital earlier this month. “Every time I inject, I worry it is going to be the last one,” she said. Lisa is right to be worried - especially because heroin deaths have been slowly rising since the early 90s in Wales, according to the ONS. In Swansea, the number of deaths where any opiates were mentioned on the drug certificate has grown consistently from around three or four a year in the early 90s to more than 20 a year in recent years and a tragic 40 deaths from opiates in 2017. In Cardiff the picture is similar, with as few as one death in 1994 and a peak of 24 deaths in 2016. Across Wales, the figures show the number of deaths rising steadily to 58 in 2000 and on to 158 in 2016. Although heroin is the most commonly … [Read more...] about The killer in our midst: Why are growing numbers dying from heroin?