Drug-related deaths (NPSAD) in England 2008-2012

This statistic shows the number of drug-related deaths, as reported to the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) in England from 2008 to 2012. There was, over this time period, a net decrease in such deaths. There were 465 fewer drug-related deaths reported to the NPSAD in 2012 than in 2008.

Number of drug-related deaths reported to NPSAD in England from 2008 to 2012*

Number of deaths
20081,612
20091,770
20101,395
20111,424
20121,147
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Source

Release date

February 2014

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008 to 2012

Supplementary notes

* National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) drug-related deaths are those deaths reported voluntarily to the NPSAD by coroners. Responses in 2012 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.

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