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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Drugs Misuse - England, 2013

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England, Wales
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Regions, Country, Government Office Regions
Date Range:
01 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2013


This annual statistical report presents information on drug misuse among both adults and children. 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 report also summarises Government plans and targets in this area, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents.


The report 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 Health and Social Care Information Centre, the Home Office, the 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 Previously unpublished figures on drug-related admissions to hospital are presented using data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre's Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).



  • There were 6,549 admissions to hospital with a primary diagnosis of a drug-related mental health and behavioural disorder. This is a 5 per cent (322) increase from 2011-12 when there were 6,227 such admissions. Overall, between 2002-03 and 2012-13 admissions have decreased by 15 per cent (1,142) from 7,691 to 6,549.
  • There were 61,142 admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behaviour disorders. This is a 6 per cent (3,290) increase from 2011-12 when there were 57,852 such admissions. Figures have continued to increase year on year and are now almost twice as high as they were ten years ago when they were 31,490 in 2002-03.
  • There were 12,238 admissions to hospital with a primary diagnosis of poisoning by illicit drugs. There has been a long-term increase of 75 per cent (5,227) since 2002-03 when there were 7,011 such admissions.
  • The total number of deaths related to drug misuse in England and Wales was 1,496 in 2012, a decrease of 109 from 2011 when there were 1,605 such deaths. This continues the downward trend seen since 2008 when deaths peaked at 1,939.
  • The most common underlying cause of death was from accidental poisoning, accounting for 73 per cent (1,087 out of 1,496) of deaths.


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