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

This statistic shows the number of drug-related deaths, as reported to the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) in Scotland from 2008 to 2012. There was, over this time period, a net decrease in such deaths. The peak was in 2009 when drug-related deaths amounted to 488. The following year, in 2010, the number dropped by 124 and continued to fall year on year until the end of these five years measured.

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

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Source

Release date

February 2014

Region

United Kingdom

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.
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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