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The latest figures on drug misuse in England have been published today by NHS Digital.
Statistics on Drugs Misuse, England 2019 is an annual compendium which includes data on hospital admissions, deaths and the prevalence of drug use. Most of the data is for England only, but some is for England and Wales combined.
The report contains newly-published information on hospital admissions1 for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders and poisoning by drug misuse in England in 2018-19. This data is presented by age, gender, local authority and region.
This year’s publication also includes drug-related hospital admissions broken down by level of deprivation2.
Other previously published figures, and included in this publication, cover:
- Deaths relating to poisoning by drug misuse
- Prevalence showing the percentage of adults and children who have taken an illicit drug and the most commonly taken drugs
- Drug dependence and treatment
- Drug seizures
Read the full report
Notes for editors
Data on hospital admissions comes from the Hospital Episodes Statistics data collection. The figures in this report are for hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental or behavioural disorders, and for hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of poisoning by drug that are listed as controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (includes both intentional and unintentional poisoning).
This data is based on the mapping of hospital admissions to Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) deciles. IMD deciles are based on 2015 deprivation scores for English lower super output areas produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
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