Drug use in the United Kingdom

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Statista dossier on drug use in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about illegal drug use in the United Kingdom. Drug use is rising in the United Kingdom with nearly one in three adults admitting that they have tried drugs at least once. Next to prevalence of use and incidence rate of hospital admissions, this dossier includes chapters concerning drug use among school children as well as the overall perception of danger when it comes to individual substances.

Table of contents

  • 1. Treatment for drug misuse
    • Individuals using drug and alcohol treatment services in Northern Ireland 2014

    • Share of individuals in treatment for drug use in Northern Ireland 2007-2016, by type

    • Northern Ireland: breakdown of people in treatment for drug use 2016, by gender & age

    • Number of referrals for substance misuse in Wales 2009-2017

    • Referrals for substance misuse in Wales 2015-2018, by main problematic substance

    • Wales: source of referrals for substance misuse 2016/17, by problematic substance

    • Amphetamines misuse in Wales 2015/16, by gender and age

    • Cannabis misuse in Wales 2015/16, by gender and age

    • Cocaine misuse in Wales 2015/16, by gender and age

    • Heroin misuse in Wales 2015/16, by gender and age

  • 2. Hospital admissions for drug misuse
    • Drug related NHS hospital admissions in England 2014, by age

    • England: NHS hospital admissions for poisoning by illicit drugs 2014, by region

    • Scotland: number of hospital stays for drug misuse 2000-2017

    • Scotland: number of hospital stays for drug misuse 2016/17, by age

  • 3. Drug use among children
    • Type of drugs offered to children in England 2016, by gender

    • School children's awareness of individual drugs in England 2016

    • School children who took drugs in last month in England 2016, by age and gender

    • Frequency of drug use by school children in England 2016, by gender

    • Frequency of drug use by school children in England 2016, by age

    • Usual frequency of drug use by school children in England 2016, by gender

  • 4. Drug offences
    • UK crime: Possession of drugs offences in England and Wales 2004-2018

    • Police class A drug seizures in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2017

    • Police class B drug seizures in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2017

    • Police class C drug seizures in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2015

    • Police forces cocaine seizure quantity in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2017

    • Police heroin seizure quantity in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2017

    • Police herbal cannabis seizure quantity in England and Wales (UK) 2006 to 2017

  • 5. Drug related deaths
    • Cause of death from drug poisoning in England and Wales 2017, by gender

    • Deaths from drug poisoning by opiates in England and Wales 1993-2017

    • Heroin & methadone related deaths in England and Wales 2015, by gender

    • Narcotics & hallucinogens related deaths in England and Wales by gender 2015

    • Deaths from drug misuse in England and Wales 2017, by gender and age

  • 6. Perception of danger
    • UK survey: opinion on safe use of heroin in Great Britain in 2015

    • UK survey: opinion on safe use of speed/amphetamines in Great Britain in 2015

    • Opinion on safe use of ecstasy in Great Britain in 2015

    • Opinion on safe use of LSD (acid) in Great Britain in 2015

    • Opinion on safe use of magic mushrooms in Great Britain in 2015

    • Opinion on safe use of ketamine in Great Britain in 2015

    • Opinion on safe use of laughing gas in Great Britain in 2015

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