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Country overview: United Kingdom

Key statistics on the drug situation in United Kingdom

Drug/Indicator Key statistic Year Data EU range
Min. Max.
Opioids Problem opioid use (rate/1 000) 2004–10 8.2 0.26 8.2
All clients entering treatment (%) 2010 59.3 7 91
New clients entering treatment (%) 2010 40.0 2 93
Purity — heroin brown (%) 2011 17.6 5 44
Price per gram — heroin brown (EUR) 2011 34.5–68.8 25 143
Cocaine Prevalence of drug use — schools (%) 2011 5.0 1 5
Prevalence of drug use — young adults (%) 2011–12 4.2 0 4
Prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2011–12 2.2 0 2
All clients entering treatment (%) 2010 12.3 0 41
New clients entering treatment (%) 2010 16.0 0 45
Purity (%) 2011 26.2 22 61
Price per gram (EUR) 2011 25.9–75.5 50 98
Amphetamines Prevalence of drug use — schools (%) 2011 4.0 1 7
Prevalence of drug use — young adults (%) 2011–12 1.4 0 4
Prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2011–12 0.8 0 2
All clients entering treatment (%) 2010 3.0 0 65
New clients entering treatment (%) 2010 3.6 0 70
Purity (%) 2011 10.4 5 30
Price per gram (EUR) 2011 5.7–17.2 8 28
Ecstasy Prevalence of drug use — schools (%) 2011 4.0 1 4
Prevalence of drug use — young adults (%)

2011–12

2.8 0 3
Prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2011–12 1.4 0 2
All clients entering treatment (%) 2010 0.2 0 1
New clients entering treatment (%) 2010 0.3 0 2
Purity (mg of MDMA base per unit) 2011 71 43 133
Price per tablet (EUR) 2011 3.4–11.5 4 17
Cannabis Prevalence of drug use — schools (%) 2011 25.2 5 42
Prevalence of drug use — young adults (%) 2011–12 12.3 0 18
Prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2011–12 6.9 0 10
All clients entering treatment (%) 2010 20.3 4 69
New clients entering treatment (%) 2010 32.4 3 78
Potency — herbal (%) : : 1 11
Potency — resin (%) : : 4 16
Price per gram — herbal (EUR) 2011 5.7–11.5 5 23
Price per gram — resin (EUR) 2011 5.7–11.5 3 18
Prevalence of problem drug use Problem drug use (rate/1 000) 2004–10 9.38 2.1 10.0
Injecting drug use (rate/1 000) 2004–10 3.3 0.2 5.7
Drug-related infectious diseases/deaths HIV infections newly diagnosed (rate/million) 2011 2.1 0.0 51.5
HIV prevalence (%) 2011 1.2 0 34
HCV prevalence (%) 2011 43.0 18 65
Drug-related deaths (rate/million) 2011 52.3 1.0 135.7
Health and social responses Syringes distributed 2010–11 9 843 419 0 13 800 000
Clients in substitution treatment 2010–11 177 993 188 177 993
Treatment demand All clients 2010 119 652 224 119 652
New clients 2010 47 566 18 47 566
All clients with known primary drug 2010 114 904 224 114 904
New clients with known primary drug 2010 44 984 163 44 984
Drug law offences Number of reports of offences 2011 152 406 388 415 354
Offences for use/possession 2011 99 118 59 391 649

Notes

See the explanatory notes for further information on the methods and definitions.

Only the most recent data are available for each key statistic. Data before 2006 were excluded.

 

Page last updated: Monday, 27 May 2013