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Abstract

Dataset presents a range of information on drug misuse among both adults and children, which has been drawn together from a variety of sources. The data relate to England where possible. Where data for England are not available, data for Great Britain, the United Kingdom or England and Wales have been provided. The study is primarily concerned with the use of illicit drugs. The term ‘illicit drugs’ is used to describe those drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used, trends in drug misuse over recent years, Patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population, Health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and deaths related to drug misuse
Variables

Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used, trends in drug misuse over recent years, patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population, including vulnerable groups', European comparisons of drug misuse, drugs and crime, health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and deaths related to drug misuse.

Keywords
Drugs, household income, employment status, class of drug, health, mental health, crime, hospital admission
Identifier Variables
SHA, GOR
Economic/Subject Categories
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
Area of Health System
Secondary care, Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
NHS information centre and Department of Health and Office for National Statistics.
Data Type
Administrative
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis
Individual
Sample

Children (secondary school children in school years 7 to 11, mostly aged between 11 and 15.) and adults (aged 16 - 59) who misuse drug. Number of school children who have ever been offered drugs varies each year *1998 4,751
*1999 8,795
*2000 7,089
*2001 9,357
*2002 9,859
*2003 10,390
*2004 9,715
*2005 9,175

Availability
NHS information centre
Conditions of Access
Free access
Link
http://www.ic.nhs.uk/[…]/drug-misuse
Contact
enquiries@ic.nhs.uk
Publications
Frisher M, et al. Prevalence of comorbid psychiatric illness and substance misuse in primary care in England and Wales. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2004; 58: 1036-1041