The number of deaths linked to drug poisoning in Lancashire has fallen.
Figures show that in 2012 there were 73 deaths where the underlying cause was drug poisoning compared to 2008 when there were 89 deaths.
In total between 2008 and 2012 there were 390 deaths linked to drug poisoning in Lancashire.
The data was published on the They Work For You website and the statistics includes both legal and illegal drugs.
The fall in the number of drug deaths has been welcomed by both health and crime bosses but say work to tackle drug issues remains a priority.
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw: “While I am obviously pleased the number of drug-related deaths in Lancashire is falling, any drugs death is one too many.
“I know from speaking to residents across the county how much drugs impact on communities and the damaging affect any drug-related crime can have on neighbourhoods.
“Although there are fewer people dying as result of drugs in the county we are not complacent, and I know the Constabulary is continually working to target offenders and take drugs off the county’s streets. I am committed that, with the vital help and support of our local communities, this work continues and together we can make Lancashire a better, safer place to live.”
Today County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Any fall in deaths related to drug use is good news.
“However, any death is one too many and we are keen to reduce drug related deaths even further and are working with our partners to carry out more detailed research about prescription drug, alcohol and illegal drug misuse across the county.
“This will help us work more effectively with our partners to give people the advice and support they need to tackle these addictions.”
The information on the website stated: “The drug-related deaths shown in involve a broad spectrum of substances, including legal and illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.”
It added: “Figures are based on deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012.
“Due to the length of time it takes to hold an inquest, it can take months for a drug-related death to be registered.”
In England and Wales in 2012 2,597 people died from drug related poisoning.