This bulletin presents the latest update on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. A backseries of data from 1993 is also included in this publication.



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Pre-release access list for Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2015 registrations

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Organisation
Analyst Department of Health
Briefing Officer - Drugs Policy Team Department of Health
Deputy Director - Healthy Behaviours Department of Health
Economic Adviser Department of Health
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation Department of Health
Press Officer Department of Health
Private Secretary Department of Health
Private Secretary Department of Health
Secretary of State for Health Department of Health
Senior Press Officer Department of Health
Special Adviser to Secretary of State for Health Department of Health
Programme Manager Public Health England
Senior Communications Officer Public Health England
Chief Medical Officer Welsh Government
Deputy Director, Substance Misuse Policy Welsh Government
Minister for Social Services and Public Health Welsh Government
Statistician Welsh Government
Statistician, Head of Health Statistics and Analysis Welsh Government
Head of Drug Strategy Team Home Office
Press Officer Home Office
Research Officer Home Office
Head of Substance Misuse Policy Public Health Wales