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Opiates

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the weight notified of (a) opiate raw materials, (b) opiate medicinal products, (c) oxycodone raw material and (d) codeine raw material was seized by UK drug enforcement authorities in each year between 1999 and 2009. (290064)

Available data on seizures of opiate raw materials, medicinal opium and oxycodone for 2006-07 and 2007-08 (latest available) are provided in the following table. Data on the separate preparation types seized are provided separately of amounts of weighed items, as it is not possible to accurately estimate the weights of drugs seized in the form of wraps or bags.

Information on seizures of raw codeine is not available.

Data on seizures for the drugs requested are presented as ‘Other Class A’ in publications. These seizures cannot be extracted from these classifications prior to 2006-07.

Data for 2008-09 are scheduled to be published in October 2009.

Quantity1 of seizures made by the police for selected drugs, by drug preparation type and year, England and Wales 2006-07 and 2007-08

Quantity of seizures

Drug Type

2006-07

2007-08

Opium (raw)

Any weighed items (KG)

4.0

7.4

Wraps/bags (number)

18

7

Opium (medicinal)

Any weighed items (KG)

0.034

Tablets/capsules (number)

—60

Wraps/bags (number)

Liquid (ml)

424

Oxycodone

Any weighed items (KG)

Tablets / capsules (number)

133

157

1Drugs can be seized in a variety of forms or preparation types. In this table, data on the separate preparation types seized are provided separately of amounts of weighed items, as it is not possible to accurately estimate the weights of drugs seized in the form of wraps or bags.