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Psychoactive drug-related deaths in England 2012, by solely implicated drug

This statistic shows the number of psychoactive drug-related deaths, where no other substance was implicated, as reported to the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) in England in 2012, by drug. These are deaths which involved only one psychoactive drug. The most common drugs to be implicated in such deaths in 2012 were heroin and morphine.

Number of psychoactive drug-related deaths where no other substance was implicated in England in 2012, by drug

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Source

Release date

February 2014

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2012

Special properties

deaths reported to NPSAD*

Supplementary notes

National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) drug-related deaths are those deaths reported voluntarily to the NPSAD by coroners. Responses were voluntarily submitted from a total of 78 out of 99 coroners' jurisdictions in England, giving a total coverage rate of 78.8%.

An NPSAD case is defined as a death where any of the following criteria are met at a completed inquest, fatal accident inquiry or similar investigation: - One or more psychoactive substance directly implicated in death;
- History of dependence or abuse of psychoactive drugs;
- Presence of Controlled Drugs at post mortem; or
- Cases with deaths directly due to drugs but with no inquest.

There were 1,033 drug-related deaths in 2012 involving psychoactive drugs. The deaths detailed here are those of which that involved a single psychoactive drug.

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