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This publication provides a range of information relating to drug misuse drawn from a variety of sources. Topics covered are drug related hospital admissions, deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse, drug use prevalence amongst adults and children, drug dependency, and drug seizures.
The publication includes this summary report showing key findings, excel tables with more detailed data on drug related hospital admissions, technical appendices and a data quality statement.
Additionally, a data visualisation tool (link provided below) allows users to select the drug related hospital admissions data for any Local Authority (as contained in the data tables), along with time series data from 2013/14. Regional and national comparisons are also provided.
Key facts cover the latest year of data available:
Hospital admissions - 2018/19
Deaths (England & Wales) - 2018
Adult drug use (England & Wales) - 2018/19
7,376 hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders
14% less than 3 years ago in 2015/16 (8,621), but still 30% higher than in 2008/09 (5,668)
Admissions were around 6 times more likely in the most deprived areas, compared to the least deprived areas
18,053 hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse
A 6% increase on 2017/18, and 16% higher than in 2012/13 (15,580)
Admissions were around 5 times more likely in the most deprived areas, compared to the least deprived areas
2,917 deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse
A 17% increase on 2017 (2,503), and 46% higher than ten years ago in 2008 (2,004)
9.4% adults (16 to 59) had taken an illicit drug in the last year
20.3% of young adults (16-24) had taken an illicit drug in the last year