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Drugs: Death

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women died from drug misuse in each year since 1997. (227510)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) men and (b) women died from drug misuse in each year since 1997. (227510)

The table attached provides the numbers of deaths for which the underlying cause was drug poisoning, where any drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate, for (a) males and (b) females, from 1997 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of deaths from drug misuse,1 males and females, England and Wales,1997 to 20072, 3

Male

Female

1997

1,041

271

1998

1,142

315

1999

1,321

307

2000

1,329

275

2001

1,450

356

2002

1,269

344

2003

1,118

314

2004

1,177

318

2005

1,260

348

2006

1,250

323

2007

1,287

317

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) for the years 1997 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) for 2001 onwards. Deaths were included where the underlying cause was due to drug poisoning (corresponding ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes are shown in the following table) and where a drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate.

2 Figures include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

ICD-10

ICD-9

Description

F11-F16, F18-F19

292, 304, 305.2-305.9

Mental and behavioural disorders due to drug use (excluding alcohol and tobacco)

X40-X44

E850-E858

Accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X60-X64

E950.0-E950.5

Intentional self-poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X85

E962.0

Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

Y10-Y14

E980.0-E980.5

Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances, undetermined intent