130 children were treated in hospitals across the West & northwest last year for drug and alcohol-related illnesses.

Figures released under Freedom of Information show 81 girls and 49 boys were treated at hospitals in the Saolta Group for conditions related to drink and drugs - including drug or alcohol poisoning, a mental disorder due to substance misuse, and new-born children affected by their mothers' use of drugs or alcohol.

 Of the 49 boys who received hospital treatment, over half were under the age of 9, while 64 of the 81 girls who needed treatment were aged between 10 and 17.

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