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 2019/20 there were 7,027 admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders, a 5% decrease on 2018/19 (7,376), and 18% less than the highest recorded number of admissions of the time series, in 2015/16 (8,621). This was preceded by a period of mostly increases; the current level still being 21% higher than 2009/10 (5,809). The number of admissions for 2019/20 represents a rate of 12.5 per 100,000 population.
There were 16,994 admissions for poisoning by drug misuse, a 6% decrease on 2018/19 (18,053), but 9% 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 2019/20 represents a rate of 30.5 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.