The rate in the capital dropped from 32.3 deaths per one million people in 2016 to 24.6 in 2017. Ellie Osborn, a health statistics specialist at the ONS, said: “The figures published today show that the level of drug poisoning deaths in 2017 remained stable.“However, despite deaths from most opiates declining or remaining steady, deaths from fentanyl continued to rise in 2017 as did cocaine deaths which increased for the sixth consecutive year.“These findings combined can be used to develop initiatives and policies that are targeted to support those at greatest risk of drug addiction.” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says ‘hypocritical’ middle class drug takers are driving the crime surgeCredit:PA Cocaine prices are currently believed to be at their lowest level for 25 years, meanwhile the purity of cocaine sold on the street has risen for the fifth year running, increasing the risk for the end user. Overall there were 3,756 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs registered in England and Wales in 2017, an increase of 12 deaths on the previous year.Two-thirds of these deaths related to drug misuse. While the number of deaths have risen, so too has the age of those impacted.Since 2010, the proportion of people aged 20 to 29 who died from cocaine has dropped by 34 per cent, and by 18 per cent among those aged 30 to 39By contrast, deaths increased by 46 per cent among those aged 40 to 49, and 138 per cent those aged 50 to 69. Meanwhile a global survey found that people living in England and Scotland could, on average, get cocaine delivered to their front door faster than a takeaway pizza. The new report comes after after a study by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction identified people in England and Wales as the highest users of cocaine in Europe. Cocaine deaths have reached their highest numbers since records began, official figures reveal.A new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there were 432 deaths relating to use of the Class A drug in 2017, nearly quadruple the number in 2011 when rates began to rise again following a brief decrease.The figures follow police warnings that low prices are fueling a boom in cocaine sales, with an estimated 875,000 people using the drug in England and Wales last year, a 15 per cent year-on-year hike.Last week Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said “hypocritical” middle-class users were behind the trend which is partly driving the increase in gangland killings.The ONS report found that deaths from cocaine – the second most commonly used drug after cannabis, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales – have increased 16 per cent from 2016 alone. Home Office figures released last week showed use of the drug among the wealthiest people in England and Wales is as its highest for nearly a decade, with 3.4 per cent of 16 to 59-year-olds living in households with an income of at least £50,000 taking the drug in powder form last year.The ONS statistics comprise both deaths relating to cocaine in powder form and crack cocaine.Last Week Cressida Dick said: “There is a challenge that there’s a whole group of middle class people who will sit round happily talking about global warming, fair trade, environmental protection and organic farming, but think there’s no harm in taking a bit of cocaine.”The ONS report found the rate of male deaths relating to drug misuse had fallen for the first time since 2012.Since 1993, when drug death statistics began being collected, the increase in cocaine deaths by cocaine is almost 4000 per cent. The North East of England had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths last year, with 83.2 per one million people, while London had the lowest. Deaths from the opioid fentanyl, which has been partly blamed for being behind the opioid epidemic afflicting the US and Canada, reached 75 last year, 15 times higher than a decade ago.However, there was good news for the struggle against so-called new psychiatric substances, such as “spice”, deaths from which halved between 2016 and 2017 to 61. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.