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Drug-related hospital admissions data for 2018-19 published in new report

The latest figures on drug misuse in England have been published today by NHS Digital.

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

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Notes for editors

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner of the health and care system.  Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend.  During the 2018/19 financial year, NHS Digital published 265 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better.

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Last edited: 11 December 2019 4:04 pm