Drug-related deaths in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by age and gender

This statistic shows the number of drug-related deaths, as reported to the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by age and gender. Statistically, males aged between 35 and 44 years were the most likely to have a drug-related death. This age group also saw the highest figure for females. In 2012, there were a total of 1,165 male and 448 female deaths, owing to this cause.

Number of drug-related deaths reported to NPSAD in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, by age group and gender*

MaleFemale
14 & under20
15 to 2410336
25 to 3431079
35 to 44418140
45 to 5420996
55 to 648866
65 & over3531
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Source

Release date

February 2014

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2012

Supplementary notes

* Data also includes figures from Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man

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.

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