Table Y: Drug-related deaths, on the basis of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 'wide' definition, by selected drugs reported, 2004 to 2014
  1. More than one drug may be reported per death. These are mentions of each drug, so do not add up to the overall total. 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 for 2008 onwards are on the first basis - i.e. basis (a) - which has been the standard basis for figures for individual drugs with effect from 'Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2009'.
    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 2 of the commentary.
  2. The figures for some of the 'controlled' drugs may differ slightly from those given in earlier tables for two reasons. First, they were produced from what was the then General Register Office for Scotland's new database, rather than the old database (more information can be found in paragraph A4). Second, a small proportion of the deaths which involved controlled drugs were excluded from the figures which appear in the earlier tables, for reasons such as those given in paragraph A3.
  3. For example: amitriptyline, citalopram, dothiepin, fluoexetine, prothaiaden.
  4. For example: chlorpromazine, clozapine, olanzapine.
  5. Including diazepam and temazepam (which appear separately below).
  6. For example: co-codamol.
  7. For example: co-dydramol.
  8. More information can be found in paragraph 3.3.1 of the commentary.
  9. That is, one or more of heroin/diamorphine, morphine, methadone and buprenorphine.
  10. Any opiate or opioid, including (e.g.) co-codamol, codeine, dihydrocodeine, heroin, methadone, morphine, oxycodone and tramadol.
  11. For example: co-codamol or co-proxamol, or mention of dextropropoxyphene or propoxyphene (even if there is no mention of paracetamol or a compound analgesic).
All drug-related deaths (on the 'wide' definition)546480577630737716692749734685743
Codeine or a compound thereof63018383040462048414645
Dihydrocodeine or a compound thereof74350455574656587868172
Heroin/diamorphine or Morphine8226194260291327326256207222221312
Heroin/morphine, Methadone or Buprenorphine9276246328372449440400431403383454
Opiate or opioid10385337403451550540480558531499553
Paracetamol or a compound1110762535655434845373843