Public Health England has just revealed in their 2019 Child Health report that over 3,000 kids living across London were admitted to hospitals for drink and drug abuse.
According to data analysed by addiction experts UKAT (www.ukat.co.uk ), 1,071 children were admitted to hospitals in London because of alcohol abuse PLUS an additional 1,931 being admitted for substance misuse.
The children admitted to hospital because of alcohol abuse were all under the age of 18, whilst those admitted for substance misuse were aged 15-24.
The report has pooled together hospital admissions data from the last three years.
The worst offending area in London for drug misuse hospital admissions were Bromley, Lewisham and Southwark, all admitting 91 young people in the last three years, followed by Greenwich and Bexley with 83 and 81 admissions respectively.
As for alcohol, the worst areas were Croydon and Haringey with 68 and 57 child hospital admissions in the last 3 years respectively.
The news comes at a time when leading private addiction treatment firm UKAT has announced a staggering 185% rise in the number of young addicts checking into rehab in the last 3 years.
In 2015, UKAT treated 93 patients aged 21 or under for substance based addictions, jumping dramatically to 266 in 2018.