Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 6th January 2015.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment she has made of the drug-induced mortality rate in (a) Sweden, (b) Portugal and (c) the UK.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

Holding answer received on 05 January 2015

The Home Office has not directly compared the drug-induced mortality rates in Portugal, Sweden and the UK. Such a direct comparison would be problematic, as data collection methods and definitions of a drug-related death vary

markedly between countries.

However, a wide range of data, including health outcomes such as drug-related deaths, was reviewed as part of the drugs International Comparators Study. The report demonstrated that health outcomes are affected by a range of complex

cultural, social and political factors as well as legislation, policing and health care policies. The report did not make recommendations for UK policy.

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