Our briefing paper on drug-related deaths has been updated to bring it up-to-date with the latest indicators, data and strategies.

Drug misuse deaths are where the deceased took either an accidental or intentional overdose of drugs that are controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act. This briefing focuses on drug misuse deaths as opposed to deaths resulting from poisoning by other drugs such as paracetamol (which commonly features in poisoning suicides).

There are more drug misuse deaths in Norfolk than would be expected given the size of the population. Norfolk has the highest rate of drug misuse deaths in the eastern region with 6.2 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to England average of 4.4 per 100,000. There were 154 deaths from drug misuse in Norfolk in 2016-2018, approximately 51 per year.