Death from use of MDMA/ecstasy in England and Wales 1993-2018

In 2018, 92 people died as a result of MDMA/ecstasy use in England and Wales, this was by far the highest amount of recorded deaths in the 25-year period shown. 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.

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

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

1993 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Number of drug-related deaths where MDMA/ecstasy was mentioned on the death certificate.

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