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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Drug Misuse - England, 2011

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England, Wales
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Regions, Country, Government Office Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


This annual statistical report presents information on drug misuse among both adults and children. It includes a focus on young adults. The topics covered include:

  • Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used
  • Trends in drug misuse over recent years
    Patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population
  • Health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and number of deaths
  • The bulletin also summarises Government plans and targets in this area, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents.

The bulletin draws together data from a variety of different sources and presents it in a user-friendly format. Most of the data contained in the bulletin have been published previously by the NHS Information Centre, the Home Office, Office for National Statistics or the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. Previously unpublished figures on drug-related admissions to hospital are presented using data from the NHS Information Centre's Hospital Episode Statistics.

Key Facts

  • In 2010/11, there were 6,640 admissions to hospital with a primary diagnosis of a drug-related mental health and behavioural disorder. This is 14.3 per cent more than in 2009/10 when there were 5,809 admissions but 17.3 per cent lower than in 2000/01 when there were 8,027 admissions. More than twice as many males were admitted than females in 2010/11 (4,813 and 1,827 respectively). *
  • Where primary or secondary diagnosis was recorded there were 51,353 admissions in 2010/11 compared with 44,585 admissions in 2009/10, which shows an increase of 15.2 per cent. This is the biggest annual increase for this type of admission in the last ten years. Figures from this type of admission are now nearly twice as high as they were ten years ago at 25,683 admissions in 2000/2001. More than twice as many males were admitted than females in 2010/11 (34,508 and 16,839 respectively). *
  • The total number of deaths related to drug misuse in England and Wales was 1,784 in 2010, of those 77 per cent were male.
  • The most common underlying cause of death was from accidental poisoning for both males and females (694 out of 1,382 and 193 out of 402 respectively)

* The increase in 2011/12 may be a real change or in part may be due be to changes in recording practices (in this year or previous years). This may be particularly relevant for admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis where some of the increases may be attributable to changes in recording practice. Analysis has shown some of this increase was accounted for in the 'other stimulants' category (F15) and 'multiple drug/psychoactive substance use' (F19). Further years' data may be required to aid interpretation of these statistics


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