August 14, 2022

The annual variety of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached 1,330 in 2021, down by simply 9 since 2020.

For the primary time in eight years, this determine has even barely decreased, however stays the second largest annual quantity on file.

Nevertheless, the nation nonetheless has the very best drug-related dying charge recorded of any nation in Europe.

Here is a take a look at what the newest information on the drug dying disaster in Scotland has proven:

2021 is the second-highest yr on file, surpassed solely by 2020.

Utilizing the European Monitoring Heart for Medication and Drug Dependancy (EMCDDA) definition of drug-related deaths, Scotland’s newest comparable figures stay considerably increased than different European nations.

In 2021, the very best drug-related deaths per 100,000 folks had been amongst folks aged 35 to 44.

From yr to yr, the variety of ladies who died because of drug use elevated from 366 to 397.

The variety of drug-related deaths reported amongst males decreased from 973 in 2020 to 933 in 2021.

Dundee had the very best age-standardized drug abuse dying charge of any native authorities, at 45.2 per 100,000 inhabitants over a five-year interval from 2017 to 2021.

This was adopted by Glasgow and Inverclyde – hover over the map under to see a breakdown.

By way of well being boards, Better Glasgow and the Clyde had the very best charge of drug-related deaths over the identical five-year interval.

In 93% of all deaths from drug abuse, the presence of a couple of drug was discovered within the physique.

Here’s a breakdown of the medicine implicated within the dying.

Here is a comparability to 2020…


Should you need assistance, yow will discover your nearest charity providing assist for drug addicts right here.

In case you are involved about somebody’s alcohol or drug use, please contact Scottish alcohol and drug affected households on 08080 10 10 11 or electronic mail [email protected]

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