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National Statistics
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Statistics on Drug Misuse, England, 2018 (November update)

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England, Wales
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Regions, Country, Government Office Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


This report presents a range of information on drug use by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. It focuses on England only where possible although some statistics are only readily available at GB or UK level or for England and Wales combined. Some of this is new information whilst some has been published previously.

The topics covered include:

  • Hospital admissions related to drug misuse.
  • Deaths relating to drug misuse.
  • Prevalence of drug use.
  • Drug dependence and treatment.
  • Drug seizures.

Each section provides an overview of the key findings from these sources, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents and sources. Some of the data have been published previously by NHS Digital.

A data visualisation tool at the link below allows users to select hospital admissions related to drug misuse 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

Key facts cover the latest year of data available:

  • Admissions 2017/18
  • Deaths 2017
  • Adult drug use 2017/18
7,258 hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders
A fall of 16% over 2 years, from 8,621 in 2015/16, but up 9% from 6,678 in 2007/08.
17,031 hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse
Similar to the previous year, but 6% lower than in 2015/16 (18,128).
2,503  deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse
Similar to the previous year, but 38% higher than in 2007.
9.0%  of adults (16-59) took an illicit drug in last year
19.8% of young adults (16-24) had taken an illicit drug in the last year.


Last edited: 28 November 2018 11:43 am