Drug-related Deaths

Treasury written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30 and (c) 40 years in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough in the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Sarah Teather, dated 24 February 2005

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30, (c) 40 in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London Borough in the last five years for which figures are available. (217548)

Figures are readily available from death certification on deaths due to drug poisoning, not the total number that were drug-related. The most recent year for which figures are available is 2002. Numbers of deaths certified as due to drug poisoning for each London Borough and the London Government Office Region in the five years 1998 to 2002 are given in the attached table. There were too few deaths at ages under 21 in all London Boroughs to release figures without risk of disclosure.

Figures are not readily available where death was indirectly related to the use of drugs as the direct cause is generally selected as the underlying cause of death (e.g. HIV infection).

Deaths related to drug poisoning(1), at ages under 30 and 40(2) by London borough(3), 1998–2002(4)
All aged under 30 All aged under 40
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
City of London (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5)
Barking and Dagenham (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 6 5 (5) (5) (5)
Barnet (5) (5) 6 (5) (5) 9 8 11 8 (5)
Bexley (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 8 (5) 5 (5)
Brent 7 (5) (5) (5) (5) 15 5 (5) (5) (5)
Bromley (5) (5) (5) (5) 5 7 5 (5) 6 10
Camden 11 8 6 5 5 28 17 18 12 11
Croydon (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 7 6 7 (5) 7
Ealing (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 7 10 (5) 6 (5)
Enfield (5) (5) (5) 7 (5) 7 (5) (5) 12 (5)
Greenwich (5) 5 6 (5) (5) 7 13 13 8 7
Hackney (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 11 6 7 7 5
Hammersmith and Fulham (5) (5) (5) 5 (5) 8 12 8 10 6
Haringey (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 9 9 8 7 9
Harrow (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 9 5 (5) (5) (5)
Havering (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 5
Hillingdon (5) (5) (5) 5 (5) 9 7 (5) 5 (5)
Hounslow (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 7 (5) (5) 6
Islington (5) 7 (5) (5) (5) 9 17 15 13 7
Kensington and Chelsea (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 10 8 (5) 9 5
Kingston upon Thames (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 7 5 (5) (5) (5)
Lambeth 11 11 7 9 7 30 24 17 17 15
Lewisham 6 (5) (5) (5) 5 19 8 11 6 11
Merton (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 7 5 7 (5) 6
Newham (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 12 8 6 6 7
Redbridge (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 6 5 (5) (5)
Richmond upon Thames (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 5 (5) 8 (5)
Southwark 7 7 (5) (5) (5) 14 14 12 11 9
Sutton (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 6
Tower Hamlets 5 (5) (5) (5) (5) 13 7 9 8 9
Waltham Forest (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 8 (5) (5) 6 (5)
Wandsworth (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) 11 10 6 6 (5)
Westminster City of 5 5 (5) (5) (5) 23 13 11 7 6
London 127 113 78 85 76 318 270 219 208 187

(1) Defined using the following codes from the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision for 2001 and 2002: F11-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, Y10-Y14, X85 and the following codes from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision for 1998–2000: 292, 304, 305.2–305.9, E850-E858, E950.0-E950.5, E962.0 and E980.0-E980.5

(2) Data are for persons aged between 0 and 29 and 0 and 39.

(3) Usual residence of the deceased by London Borough.

(4) Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.

(5) The numbers in these cells have been suppressed to protect confidentiality.

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

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