Drug-related mortality: methods and trends

Popul Trends. Autumn 1998;(93):29-37.


Drug-related deaths attract widespread concern and public interest and this is reflected in the number of queries ONS receives on this topic. This article sets out the processes involved in the collection and compilation of data on drug-related deaths in England and Wales to serve as a point of reference for users of ONS mortality data. It also documents recent trends in drug-related deaths, revealing considerable variation in mortality by age, sex and region.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cause of Death / trends*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Death Certificates
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poisoning / mortality
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / mortality*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • United Kingdom