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S5W-10638: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been admitted to hospital after overdosing on opioids in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 September 2017

Information on admissions to hospital after overdosing on opioids is provided in the following table.

Table 1: Number of people1 admitted to acute hospitals in Scotland2 after overdosing on opioids3, and the number who subsequently died4; calendar years5 1999 – 2016.

Calendar year5

Number of people1,2

Number

discharged dead4

1999

1,476

9

2000

1,943

17

2001

2,275

14

2002

2,369

9

2003

2,119

12

2004

2,084

19

2005

1,900

14

2006

1,995

14

2007

2,201

14

2008

2,365

16

2009

2,321

19

2010

2,270

14

2011

2,362

12

2012

2,363

13

2013

2,389

15

2014

2,326

28

2015

2,374

27

2016

2,507

24

Source: ISD Scotland Scottish Morbidity Record 01 (SMR01)

Ref: IR2017-01333.

Notes:

  1. Patients are counted once each year, regardless of the number of admissions to hospital they may have had in that year.

  2. Includes patients admitted to acute hospitals in Scotland, irrespective of admission type and patient’s country of residence. Does not include admissions to psychiatric hospitals.

  3. Up to six diagnoses can be recorded within each hospital episode record. This analysis is based on records with opioid overdose diagnoses in any position and within any episode within the patient’s stay. Diagnoses are coded using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD10). The following ICD10 codes were used to identify opioid overdose, defined as poisoning by:

T40.0 – Opium

T40.1 – Heroin

T40.2 – Other opioids

T40.3 – Methadone.

Multiple substances may be involved in a drug-related overdose, therefore hospital records can include more than one drug poisoning code.

The ICD-10 code selection listed above does not specify if the overdoses were due to illicit drug or prescribed drug use.

All types of underlying causes for overdose are taken into account, including accidental poisoning, intentional self-poisoning, assault by drugs and undetermined intent.

  1. People with hospital discharge type ‘death’.

  2. Calendar years are assigned based on patient’s date of admission to hospital.