Figure 2: Age-specific mortality rates for deaths related to drug misuse, males, deaths registered in 2009–2013
England and Wales
Source: Office for National Statistics
Age-specific mortality rates per 1 million population.
The drug misuse indicator was revised in 2014 with 20 new substances. Therefore figures for drug misuse may not match those previously published. More details can be found in the ‘Methodological changes’ section of this bulletin.
Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Deaths were included where the underlying cause was due to drug poisoning and where a drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate. More details on the definition of a death related to drug misuse can be found in Background notes 4 and 5.drug controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was mentioned on the death certificate. More details on the definition of a death related to drug misuse can be found in Boxes 1 and 2 on the Definition page.
Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.
Figures are for deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring in each calendar year. Due to the length of time it takes to complete a coroner’s inquest, it can take months or even years for a drug-related death to be registered. More details can be found in the ‘Impact of registration delays on drug-related deaths’ section below.