This release examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales. This release is based on results from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW, formerly the British Crime Survey) and includes comparisons with 2010/11 and trends since 1996. This release is produced to the highest professional standards by statisticians in accordance with the Home Office’s Statement of Compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
In September 2012, an additional section was added to this publication covering simultaneous polydrug and polysubstance use. This analysis is based on combined data from the 2010/11 and 2011/12 CSEW. Previously published content remains unchanged.
More detailed information, covering a range of areas, is available within the following topics:
- Extent and trends in illicit drug use among adults aged 16-59 and Illicit drug use among 16-59s tables
- Extent and trends in illicit drug use among young people aged 16-24 and Illicit drug use among 16-24s tables
- New CSEW measures of drug use and New CSEW measures of drug use tables are provided on use of mephedrone, GBL/GHB, BZP, Spice and khat
- Frequent drug use in the last year and Frequent drug use tables
- Illicit drug use by personal, household and area characteristics and lifestyle factors and Illicit drug use by demographics tables
- Onset and desistance of illicit drug use among adults aged 16 to 59 and Onset and desistance tables are provided on the age cannabis, powder cocaine and ecstasy were first and last taken
- Accessibility of drugs and Accessibility of drugs tables are provided on the location the most recent drugs taken in the last year were obtained and their source; as well as the ease, or perceived ease of obtaining illegal drugs
- Simultaneous polydrug and polysubstance use among adults aged 16 to 59 and Simultaneous polydrug and polysubstance use tables are provided on the use of more than one drug at the same time and drugs being used at the same time as alcohol
Detailed information about the figures included in this release is available in the User Guide to Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales.
This release replaces the previous annual Home Office Statistical Bulletins on Drug Misuse Declared. Despite the change in mode of publication, the text and tables are broadly similar.
During this transition a pdf document is provided which will enable users to print out all HTML pages from one source document (all tables are solely available online at the links above).
- Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (PDF file - 542kb)
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Future editions of this annual release will be published on dates announced via the UK Statistics Authority’s Publication Hub: Release Calendar.
While responsibility for the Crime Survey in England and Wales transferred to the Office for National Statistics on 1 April 2012, the Home Office has retained responsibility for analysis and publication of this Drugs Misuse Declared publication.
For further information about illicit drug use measures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
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Date: Thu Sep 27 09:30:00 BST 2012
- Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (PDF file - 541kb)
- Statistical News Release: Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (PDF file - 266kb)
- Pre-release access to: Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011-12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (PDF file - 170kb)
- Statistical News Release: Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (2nd Edition) (PDF file - 103kb)
- Pre-Release Access to Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (2nd Edition) (PDF file - 119kb)
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