Today, I received data (a re-run of table 2 for the link below) from the UK Statistics Authority, to enable me to confirm that drug deaths among younger users are much higher in England & Wales than in Scotland.
The researcher sent me a rerun of the data for the 25-34 group so that I could compare with Scotland’s equivalent group. The published data in the link below uses different groupings from the published version making direct comparison impossible. I’m grateful to him.
In 2021, in England and Wales, there were 501 deaths from drug abuse among the 25-34 age group.
In Scotland, in the same period, there were only 28. With 11 times the population, all things being equal, the figure for England & Wales might reasonably be expected to be around 300 but was 501, was 66% higher.
The figures for the under 25s in both countries are too small for meaningful comparison.