Key statistics in the United Kingdom 2017

United Kingdom Country Drug Report 2017

Key statistics

Most recent estimates and data reported

  EU range
  Year Country data Min. Max.
Cannabis
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) No data No data 6.5 36.8
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2015 11.3 0.4 22.1
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2015 6.5 0.3 11.1
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 26 3 71
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 46 8 79
Quantity of herbal cannabis seized (kg) 2015 30 680.4 4 45 816
Number of herbal cannabis seizures 2015 100 811 106 156 984
Quantity of cannabis resin seized (kg) 2015 7 219.3 1 380 361
Number of cannabis resin seizures 2015 5 959 14 164 760
Potency — herbal (% THC) (minimum and maximum values registered) No data No data 0 46
Potency — resin (% THC) (minimum and maximum values registered) No data No data 0 87.4
Price per gram — herbal (sinsemilla) (EUR) (min. and max. values registered) 2015 13.8-27.6 0.6 31.1
Price per gram — resin (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 4-5.9 0.9 46.6
Cocaine
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (%, Source: ESPAD) No data No data 0.9 4.9
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2015 4 0.2 4
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2015 2.3 0.1 2.3
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 14 0 37
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 17 0 40
Quantity of cocaine seized (kg) 2015 4 227.8 2 21 621
Number of cocaine seizures 2015 15 588 16 38 273
Purity (%) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 1-96 0 100
Price per gram (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 41.4-165.6 10 248.5
Amphetamines
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) No data No data 0.8 6.5
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2015 0.9 0.1 3.1
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2015 0.6 0 1.6
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 3 0 70
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 4 0 75
Quantity of amphetamine seized (kg) 2015 489 0 3 796
Number of amphetamine seizures 2015 4 496 1 10 388
Purity — amphetamine (%) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 1-67 0 100
Price per gram — amphetamine (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 13.8-13.8 1 139.8
MDMA
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) No data No data 0.5 5.2
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2015 3.1 0.1 6.6
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2015 1.5 0.1 3.4
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 0 0 2
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 1 0 2
Quantity of MDMA seized (tablets) 2015 812 127 54 5 673 901
Number of MDMA seizures 2015 3 030 3 5 012
Purity (mg of MDMA base per unit) (minimum and maximum values registered) No data No data 0 293
Price per tablet (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 2.8-13.8 0.5 60
Opioids
High-risk opioid use (rate/1 000) 2010-11 8.1 0.3 8.1
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 50 4 93
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 22 2 87
Quantity of heroin seized (kg) 2015 806 0 8 294
Number of heroin seizures 2015 8 083 2 12 271
Purity — heroin (%) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 1-96 0 96
Price per gram — heroin (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 55.2-82.8 3.1 214
Newly diagnosed HIV cases related to injecting drug use (cases/million population, Source: ECDC) 2015 2.8 0 44
HIV prevalence among PWID* (%) No data No data 0 30.9
HCV prevalence among PWID* (%) No data No data 15.7 83.5
Injecting drug use (cases rate/1 000 population) 2004-11 3.0 0.2 9.2
Drug-induced deaths — all adults (cases/million population) 2014 60.3 1.6 102.7
Health and social responses
Syringes distributed through specialised programmes No data No data 164 12 314 781
Clients in substitution treatment 2015 142 085 252 168 840
Treatment demand
All clients 2015 124 234 282 124 234
First-time clients 2015 40 390 24 40 390
Drug law offences
Number of reports of offences 2014 128 260 472 411 157
Offences for use/possession 2014 82 762 359 390 843

* PWID — People who inject drugs.

NBPrevalence of drug use and the number of clients in substitution treatment refers to England and Wales.


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