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Drugs: Death

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths were recorded in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. (134654)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 1 May 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many drug-related deaths were recorded in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (134654)

Available figures relate to the number of deaths from poisoning with any drug or medicine or certified as drug abuse or dependence. They do not include deaths which may be indirectly related to drug use, such as blood-borne viral infections or transport accidents. The most recent year for which figures are now available is 2005. The table below shows the number of deaths for which the underlying cause was drug-related poisoning, by selected county for the years 1997 to 2005.

ONS recently revised statistics on drug poisoning deaths to include all deaths registered in the calendar year,* instead of deaths occurring in the year. This takes account of late registrations which would otherwise be excluded.

* Office for National Statistics (2007) Deaths related to drug poisoning: England and Wales. 1993-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33. S2-S8.

Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning,1 by selected county,2 1997 to 20053

(a) Suffolk

(b) Bedfordshire

(c) Cambridgeshire

(d) Essex

(e) Hertfordshire

(f) Norfolk

1997

44

15

19

53

49

50

1998

30

18

28

42

35

59

1999

33

14

22

56

48

61

2000

24

17

28

50

38

51

2001

32

19

23

56

41

57

2002

28

21

28

29

46

48

2003

35

12

23

45

57

34

2004

29

20

29

32

50

49

2005

25

15

26

47

43

60

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 292, 304, 305.2-305.9, E850-E858, E950.0-E950.5, E962.0 and E980.0-E980.5 for the years 1997 to 2000. and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-IO) codes Fl 1-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-YJ4from 2001 onwards.

2 Usual residents of the county.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.