This section covers analysis of measures 1 and 2 (see above), which is those admissions where drug misuse was the primary reason for the admission (whether as a result of drug related mental and behavioural disorders or poisoning).
Admissions by year
In 2018/19 there were 7,376 admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders, a 2% increase on 2017/18 (7,258), but 14% less than 3 years ago in 2015/16 (8,621). This was preceeded by a period of mostly increases; the current level still being 30% higher than 2008/09 (5,668). The number of admissions for 2018/19 represents a rate of 13 per 100,000 population.
There were 18,053 admissions for poisoning by drug misuse, a 6% increase on 2017/18, and 16% higher than in 2012/13 (15,580). This measure was subject to a methodological change in 2012/13 and so data is not comparable before then (see the Data Quality Statement for more information). The number of admissions for 2018/19 represents a rate of 33 per 100,000 population.
Time series data is available as a rate per 100,000 population in the accompanying data tables, and shows similar trends.