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Scottish Drugs Related Deaths in 2014 Report

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The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have just released the annual Drug-Related Deaths report for 2014.

The report provides statistics of drug-related deaths in 2014 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, underlying cause of death and NHS Board and Council areas.The report states that there were 613 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland.

The other main findings of the report include:

  • 613 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2014, 86 more (16 per cent) than the previous year
  • Over two thirds of deaths (67 per cent) were amongst those aged 35 or over with just 8 per cent amongst the under 25s
  • The gender breakdown remains consistent with previous years three quarters of those dying were men
  • Over 90 per cent of deaths involved a combination of drugs, only 10 per cent of deaths had one drug (and perhaps alcohol) present in the body
  • In the majority of cases (77 per cent) the underlying cause of death was recorded as accidental poisoning