Table C3: Drug-related deaths by selected drugs reported1 and Council area, 2014
All drug-related deaths
Heroin/morphine, methadone or buprenorphine
Codeine or a codeine-containing compound
Dihydrocodeine or a d.h.c-containing compound
Any opiate or opioid
More than one drug may be reported per death. These are mentions of each drug, and should not be added to give total deaths. Up to 2007, some pathologists reported only those drugs which they thought caused, or contributed to, the death. With effect from 2008, pathologists report separately (a) drugs which were implicated in, or which potentially contributed to, the cause of death and (b) other drugs which were present but which were not considered to have had any direct contribution to the death.
The figures in this table are on the first basis - i.e. basis (a) which is now the standard basis for the figures for individual drugs. They are on a different basis from those published in Table C3 of 'Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2009' and earlier editions.
There may be other differences between years and/or areas in the way in which the information was produced - more information can be found in Section two of the commentary.
More information can be found in paragraph 3.3.1 of the commentary.