Death from cannabis use in England and Wales 1993-2018

Deaths related to cannabis use in England and Wales amounted to 22 in 2018, the highest annual amount in the last 25 years. The number of cannabis-related deaths was highest in the previous year,at 29 deaths, and since 2014 the annual number of mortalities has remained above twenty.

Use of cannabis

In a 2018 survey, fifteen percent of the British public admitted they had consumed cannabis. Prevalence of cannabis use is highest in the younger age groups with almost thirty percent of those aged 18 to 24 years stating they had used cannabis. Additionally, cannabis is not regarded to be as dangerous as other illegal or even legal drugs by the public. Over a third of surveyed British individuals consider cannabis to be not harmful, compared to only four percent who think tobacco is not harmful.

Caught green handed

The number of offences involving cannabis possession in England and Wales has significantly decreased since 2009, the number of possession offences in 2018 was more than half of the figure in 2009. Furthermore, in the context of other European countries with relative populations; the United Kingdom had a lot less seizures of cannabis resin in 2016 than in Spain or France but more than Germany and Italy.

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

Number of deaths
201822
201729
201624
201521
201428
201311
201214
20117
201011
200922
200819
200712
200617
200519
200419
200311
200213
200116
20009
19998
199810
199714
19969
199516
199419
199313
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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 cannabis was mentioned on the death certificate.

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