Death from cocaine use in England and Wales 1993-2018

In England and Wales, the number of deaths as a result of cocaine use has been increasing significantly over the last 25 years. In 1993 there were only eleven deaths due to cocaine use in England and Wales, by 2017 the number of deaths had risen 637.

The UK has the highest share of users in Europe

In the period between 2015 and 2017, the United Kingdom had the highest prevalence of cocaine users in Europe at 2.3 percent. This was followed by Spain and the Netherlands which both had two percent of individuals using cocaine in this period.

Age of cocaine users in the UK

When broken down by age, the highest prevalence of cocaine users in England and Wales can be found in the youngest age groups. Almost five percent of those aged 15 to 24 years used cocaine in 2016, and 3.3 percent in the above age group, 25 to 34 years, used in the same year. Additionally, since 2010 the share of school children who have taken cocaine in England has increased.

Number of drug-related deaths due to cocaine use in England and Wales from 1993 to 2018

Number of deaths
2018637
2017432
2016371
2015320
2014247
2013169
2012139
2011112
2010144
2009202
2008235
2007196
2006190
2005176
2004154
2003129
2002128
200197
200083
199988
199865
199727
199613
199522
199424
199311
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

1993 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Number of drug-related deaths where cocaine was mentioned on the death certificate.

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