Data on addicts’ mortality has been gathered by St George’s since the late 1960s and was entered onto the Mortality Study database which developed into the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD).

Pile of packets of 'legal high' drugs

The NPSAD was formally established in 1997, and its aim is to collect and analyse data in a systematic way from various sources to inform policy makers, clinicians, researchers and media on risks associated with premature death due to the misuse of drugs, both licit and illicit.

An annual report is published which analyses drug-related deaths that have occurred in a calendar year and covers trends and data on illicit and licit drug-related deaths including those from Novel Psychoactive Substances/’legal highs’; demographic data of decedents; and geographical differences in drug-related deaths across the UK.

The NPSAD team currently provide, on request, anonymised data, further analysis and enhanced information about deaths for policy makers; Members of Parliament; the Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs; the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction; the UK Drugs Early Warning System; Public Health England and Drug Action Teams, amongst others.

Contacting the NPSAD

For further details and potential costings please contact the NPSAD team. There are two ways to do this: 

  • via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • by phoning Hugh Claridge on 020 8725 2593 or Christine Goodair on 020 8725 5494.

2014

Infographic on Drug-related deaths in England and Northern Ireland, January-December 2014 (PDF)

Data tables: drug-related deaths in England and Northern Ireland in 2014 (Excel)

2013

Drug-related deaths in England, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, January-December 2013

Data tables for the 2013 Report (Excel)
This report and data tables present information on drug-related deaths that occurred during 2013. Due to changes in reporting, the report on 2013 deaths no longer covers the UK as a whole.

2012

Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2013 (PDF)

Executive Summary 2013 (PDF)
This report and summary present information on drug-related deaths that occurred during 2012.

2011

Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2012 (PDF)

Executive Summary 2012 (PDF)
This report and summary present information on drug-related deaths that occurred during 2011.

The NPSAD team can provide further analysis and enhanced information about deaths for Drug Action Teams, Primary Care Trusts, Special Health Authorities and others. For further details or for reports from years prior to 2011, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Last Updated: Thursday, 02 February 2017 18:01