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Drug Overdoses

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the number of hospital treatments for overdoses, listed by each type of drug involved, since 1988.

The number of inpatient hospital episodes in Scotland for drug overdose listed by type of drug or agent for the years 1988–1992 is shown in the table. Information on out-patient treatments is not available.


1. Cases included in the table were admitted to acute general hospitals as an emergency with poisoning by drugs and medicaments coming within the groups defined in the international Classification of Diseases codes 960–979.

The figures include patients with accidental overdose and deliberate self poisoning but exclude any cases where poisoning was due to drugs in therapeutic use.

2. Also shown are figures for patients who were admitted as an emergency with a primary diagnosis of drug dependence or nondependent drug abuse and these can include overdoses and abnormal reactions to a variety of drugs.