Hospital admissions fall: drug-related mental and behavioural disorders

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders2 in England dropped by 4% in a year – from 7,545 in 2016/17 to 7,258 in 2017/18, according to new figures published today by NHS Digital.

This is the second year in a row that the number of admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders has dropped, falling 16% since 2015/16 when it reached 8,621.

Admissions are still 9% higher than 10 years ago – when they totalled 6,675 in 2007/08

There were 17,031 admissions for poisoning by drug misusein 2017/18. This is 9% higher than the earliest comparable data in 2012/13 (15,580) but is at a similar level to 2016/17 (16,791).

Statistics on Drugs Misuse, England 2018 is an annual compendium which includes drugs misuse data on hospital admissions, deaths and the prevalence of drug use.  Most of the data is for England only, but some is for England and Wales combined.

The report found that 74% of hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders were for males, but the gender split was equal for admissions for poisoning by drug misuse (males 50%, females 50%).

Blackpool had the highest admission rate with 61 per 100,000 population admitted for drug related mental and behavioural disorders during 2017/18. Four of the 5 lowest rates (all below 3 per 100,000) were in London boroughs.

Blackpool also had the highest admission rate for poisoning by drug misuse with 101 per 100,000 population. Nine of the 10 lowest rates (all below 12 per 100,000) were in London boroughs.

The report also includes statistics on:

Deaths

Data on deaths4 relating to poisoning by drug misuse registered in England and Wales during 2017 shows that:

  • There were 2,503 registered deaths, which is similar to 2016 (2,596), but 38% higher than 2007 (1,809).
  • The age group with the highest number of registered deaths was people aged between 40 and 49, accounting for around 1 in 3 (32%) of registered deaths for poisoning by drug abuse.
  • Males made up 72% of the registered deaths and females made up 28%.

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