Date lodged: 3 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been admitted to hospital after overdosing on opioids in each year since 1999.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 December 2018
Information on the number of individuals admitted to general acute hospitals following an opioid overdose is provided in Table 1.
Table 1: Number of people 1 admitted to general acute hospitals in Scotland 2 following an opioid overdose 3 ; calendar years 4 1999 – 2017.
Number of people
Source: ISD Scotland, Scottish Morbidity Record 01 (SMR01)
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 general acute hospitals in Scotland, irrespective of admission type and patient’s country of residence. As appropriate treatment for opioid overdose would be administered in a general acute hospital, admissions to psychiatric hospitals are not included.
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:
T40.0 – Poisoning by narcotics: Opium
T40.1 – Poisoning by narcotics: Heroin
T40.2 – Poisoning by narcotics: Other opioids
T40.3 – Poisoning by narcotics: 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. Calendar years are assigned based on patient’s date of admission to hospital.