THE number of deaths relating to drugs in Ceredigion has increased in the last decade according to new figures.

The data shows the number of deaths attributed to drug poisoning between 1993 and 2022, with the 2022 figures in Ceredigion being the highest yet.

In 1993, there were no drug related deaths reported in Ceredigion but this was the only year to have none until 2014 as it would fluctuate over the next decade and a half with four deaths in 1994, three in 1995, one in 1996, two in 1997, three in 1998, two in both 1999 and 2000.

In the early 2000s, it seemed to stabilise, with four deaths in each year from 2001 to 2004 inclusive, rising to five in 2005 before dropping back to four in 2006. In 2007, just one death was recorded, with three in 2008 and two in 2009.

In 2010, there were three recorded deaths, increasing to five in 2011 before dropping down to four in 2012. In 2013, the highest number so far – seven – was recorded before 2014 became the second time Ceredigion recorded no deaths relating to drugs. It increased to five in 2015 before the highest number were recorded in total – nine – for a single year came in 2016. In 2017, there was just one recorded death before eight in 2018, six in 2019, five in 2020, four in 2021 and six in 2022.

In Pembrokeshire, at least one death has been recorded every year since 1993. In the first year of the records, there was just one death, with four in 1994, two in 1995, one in 1996, five in both 1997 and 1998 and six in 1999.

In 2000 and 2001, four deaths were recorded, with nine in 2002, two in 2003, four in 2004, two in 2005, four in 2006, six in 2007, nine in 2008 and six in 2009.

The 2010s would see some of the highest numbers recorded with some years seeing more than 10 recorded deaths. In 2010, there were seven, four in 2011, nine in 2012, six in 2013, five in 2014, 14 in 2015, 11 in 2016, 12 in 2017, nine in 2018 and eight in 2019.

2020 would see six recorded deaths but the highest number for Pembrokeshire came in 2021 as 20 deaths were recorded as being caused by drug poisoning. This would lower slightly to 17 in 2022.

Anyone who is struggling with a drug problem can contact DDAS (Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service) on 0330 363 9997 or by emailing The service covers Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.