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Death: Drugs

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths attributed to drugs overdoses were recorded in (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the last five years. (236301)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths attributed to drugs overdoses were recorded in (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the last five years. (236301)

The table attached provides the numbers of deaths for which the underlying cause was (i) drug poisoning and (ii) drug poisoning where any drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate, for (a) Doncaster metropolitan district, (b) Barnsley metropolitan district and (c) South Yorkshire county, from 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths from drug poisoning and drug misuse, Doncaster metropolitan district, Barnsley metropolitan district and South Yorkshire county, 2003 to 20071,2,3

Deaths

Drug poisoning

Drug misuse

Doncaster

Barnsley

South Yorkshire

Doncaster

Barnsley

South Yorkshire

2003

15

20

87

12

14

56

2004

13

13

65

8

9

40

2005

11

23

69

10

14

43

2006

17

16

83

11

12

58

2007

16

16

70

13

11

48

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Figures for Drug poisoning are where the underlying cause of death was due to drug poisoning (ICD-10 codes are shown in the following table). Figures for Drug misuse include all drug poisoning deaths where a drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate.

2 Based on boundaries as of 2008.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

ICD-10

Description

F11-F16, F18-F19

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

X40-X44

Accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X60-X64

Intentional self-poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X85

Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

Y10-Y14

Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances, undetermined intent