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Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2011

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2011

Description Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2011 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex.
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17 August 2012

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List of Tables and Figures

NHS Board and Council statistics for certain drugs for 2011, on the 'all drugs found present in the body' basis (not the standard basis for figures for individual drugs)

With effect from the publication of Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2009, the standard basis for the National Records of Scotland figures for individual drugs for 2008 and subsequent years was changed to 'drugs which were implicated in, or which potentially contributed to, the cause of death'. Further information about this change is given in (e.g.) paragraph 1.3 and Section 2 of Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2009.

However, there is also some interest in statistics which cover all the drugs reported by a pathologist, including any 'which were present, but which were not considered to have had any direct contribution to this death'. Therefore, the extra tables that are available via the links below provide figures for individual drugs, for NHS Boards and councils for 2011, on this 'all drugs found present in the body' basis. These statistics are on the same basis as, and so may be compared with, the figures for 2008 which were published in Tables HB3 and C3 of Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2008 - but it must be remembered that they are not on the new standard basis. The extra tables are available below:

Table HBX

Drug-related deaths by selected drugs reported and NHS Board area, 2011
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Table CX

Drug-related deaths by selected drugs reported and council area, 2011
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