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Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2003

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2003


1. This paper gives information about drug-related deaths in Scotland over the period 1996-2003, using the definition for baseline figures introduced in 2001. This definition was agreed by a working party set up following the publication, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), of a report [Footnote 1] on 'Reducing drug related deaths'. (The Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs web pages are on the Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives website.) The Office for National Statistics has also prepared data on drug-related deaths in England and Wales using this new definition. (See the National Statistics website.)

2. Paragraph 3 (Data sources) gives some background on the collection of information on drug-related deaths in Scotland; paragraphs 4 - 11 (Summary of results) summarise the main points arising from the information for 2003 and earlier years presented in Tables 1 - 6; and Annex A gives background on the definition of drug-related deaths including a detailed description of the definition used in this paper.


1. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Reducing drug related deaths. Home Office, 2000.

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