Shocking Hospital Figures: Babies Drunk And Toddlers High On Drugs

03/05/2011 11:04 | Updated 22 May 2015
Drunk babies and toddlers high on drugs

Shocking figures from a Bolton hospital have revealed the terrifying extent of alcohol and drug misuse amongst children.

The Royal Bolton Hospital has released admission statistics after a Freedom of Information request from The Bolton News. The report makes for grim reading, revealing that NINE infants under a year old had received medical attention due to drugs poisoning, whilst a one-year-old baby was admitted to the hospital for drunkenness.

The figures go on to show that more than 100 one and two-year-olds needed medical help after drugs poisoning, whilst in excess of 70 three to ten-year-olds ended up in casualty due to drug taking, including a toddler of three and a six-year-old who took controlled drugs.

There are also reports of a one-year-old hospitalised with solvent poisoning, and youngsters of 13 being admitted after deliberately taking overdoses.

The Royal Bolton's head of communications, Heather Edwards said: 'Alcohol and drugs cause a lot of difficulties for individuals, families and society and are a burden on the NHS.

'It is not good news that young people are coming into contact with substances that could harm their health, whether accidentally or knowingly.'

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