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

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

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February 2014


United Kingdom (England)

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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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