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 also includes a chapter concerning drug use among school children.

Table of contents

  • 1. European overview
    • Drug use in the European Union 2020, by type of drug

    • Drug induced deaths in Europe in 2018, by country

    • Cannabis use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2019*, by country

    • Cocaine use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2019*, by country

    • Amphetamine use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2019*, by country

    • Ecstasy use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2019*, by country

  • 2. UK overview
    • Cannabis users in England and Wales in 2018, by age

    • MDMA/ecstasy users in England and Wales in 2018, by age

    • Cocaine users in England and Wales in 2018, by age

    • Amphetamine users in England and Wales in 2018, by age

  • 3. Hospital admissions and treatment for drug misuse
    • Drug related NHS hospital admissions in England 2019/20, by age

    • England: NHS hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse 2019/20, by region

    • England: Adults in treatment for substance misuse 2005-2019

    • England: Adults in treatment for substance misuse 2018/19, by substance used

    • Scotland: number of hospital stays for drug misuse 2000-2019

    • Scotland: number of hospital stays for drug misuse 2018/19 by age

    • Northern Ireland: breakdown of people in treatment for drug use 2019/20, by gender

    • Number of referrals for substance misuse in Wales 2009-2019

    • Referrals for substance misuse in Wales 2019, by main problematic substance

    • Wales: source of referrals for substance misuse 2019, by problematic substance

  • 4. Drug use among children
    • Type of drugs offered to children in England 2018, by gender

    • School children's awareness of individual drugs in England 2018

    • School children who took drugs in last month in England 2018, by age and gender

    • Frequency of drug use by school children in England 2018, by gender

    • Frequency of drug use by school children in England 2018, by age

    • Usual frequency of drug use by school children in England 2018, by gender

  • 5. Drug offences
    • Number of drug offences in the UK 2002-2020

    • Number of drug seizures in England and Wales 2019/20, by type

    • Quantity of heroin seized in England and Wales 2006 to 2020

    • Quantity of cannabis seized in England and Wales 2006-2020

  • 6. Drug related deaths
    • Cause of death from drug poisoning in England and Wales 2019, by gender

    • Deaths from drug poisoning by opiates in England and Wales 1993-2019

    • Heroin & methadone related deaths in England and Wales 2019, by gender

    • Narcotics & hallucinogens related deaths in England and Wales by gender 2019

    • Deaths from drug misuse in England and Wales 2019, by gender and age

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