Death from use of MDMA/ecstasy in England and Wales 1993-2017

Number of drug-related deaths due to MDMA/ecstasy use in England and Wales from 1993 to 2017

by Conor Stewart, last edited Jun 3, 2019
Death from use of MDMA/ecstasy in England and Wales 1993-2017 In 2017, 56 people died as a result of MDMA/ecstasy use in England and Wales. The highest amount of recorded deaths in the 25-year period shown occurred in the preceding year in 2016 with 63 MDMA related deaths. Since the turn of the century, the number of deaths has remained relatively high apart from a drastic fall in 2010 and 2011 before subsequently rising again.
Seriousness of MDMA offences

In the United Kingdom (UK) MDMA is categorized as a class A drug which means it carries the most severe penalties for both possession and supply. In 2017/18, police in England and Police carried out over 2.7 thousand seizures of ecstasy. This is approximately a 65 percent drop in the number of seizures compared to 2006/07.

Comparisons with the rest of Europe

Between 2015 and 2017, the UK, as a whole, was only behind the Netherlands, Ireland and Czechia in prevalence of ecstasy use among each respective population. Additionally, the UK had the third largest weight of ecstasy tablets seized in 2016 in Europe, at over 513 thousand kilograms.
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Number of drug-related deaths due to MDMA/ecstasy use in England and Wales from 1993 to 2017

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Number of deaths
201756
201663
201557
201450
201343
201231
201113
20108
200927
200844
200747
200648
200558
200443
200350
200256
200155
200028
199921
199817
199715
199616
199517
199420
199312
Number of deaths
201756
201663
201557
201450
201343
201231
201113
20108
200927
200844
200747
200648
200558
200443
200350
200256
200155
200028
199921
199817
199715
199616
199517
199420
199312
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by Conor Stewart, last edited Jun 3, 2019
In 2017, 56 people died as a result of MDMA/ecstasy use in England and Wales. The highest amount of recorded deaths in the 25-year period shown occurred in the preceding year in 2016 with 63 MDMA related deaths. Since the turn of the century, the number of deaths has remained relatively high apart from a drastic fall in 2010 and 2011 before subsequently rising again.
Seriousness of MDMA offences

In the United Kingdom (UK) MDMA is categorized as a class A drug which means it carries the most severe penalties for both possession and supply. In 2017/18, police in England and Police carried out over 2.7 thousand seizures of ecstasy. This is approximately a 65 percent drop in the number of seizures compared to 2006/07.

Comparisons with the rest of Europe

Between 2015 and 2017, the UK, as a whole, was only behind the Netherlands, Ireland and Czechia in prevalence of ecstasy use among each respective population. Additionally, the UK had the third largest weight of ecstasy tablets seized in 2016 in Europe, at over 513 thousand kilograms.
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