The Registrar General for Scotland has today published an Occasional Paper giving summary information about drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2001. Key points to emerge include:
1. The information presented about drug-related deaths in Scotland uses the new definition for baseline figures introduced in last year's paper. This definition was agreed by a working party set up following the publication in 2000, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), of a report on 'Reducing drug related deaths'. A detailed comparison of the old and new definitions was contained in last year's paper. The new definition is also being used elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
2. Occasional Papers issued by the Registrar General for Scotland are made available primarily through the GROS website (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk) though paper copies may be obtained from Statistics Customer Services using our Contact Form.
3. Media copies are available from the Scottish Executive.