Drug-related hospital statistics
A National Statistics publication for Scotland
Scotland 2021 to 2022
- Hospital care
Drug-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2021/22
Data relating to general acute and psychiatric hospital stays with a diagnosis of drug misuse. These data are presented at a national level and also broken down by demographic characteristics/local geographies
Lifestyle and behaviours
HTML and PDF summary with online dashboard
General acute inpatient/day case records (SMR01)
Mental health inpatient/day case records (SMR04)
Date that data are acquired
SMR01: 20 September 2022; SMR04: 20 September 2022
22 November 2022
Timeframe of data and timeliness
General acute (SMR01) – information from the period 01/04/1996 to 31/03/2022. Analysis based on the period 1996/97 to 2021/22.
Psychiatric (SMR04) –information from the period 01/04/1996 to 31/03/2022. Analysis based on the period 1997/98 to 2021/22.
General acute & psychiatric combined (SMR01 & SMR04) – information from the period 01/04/1996 to 31/03/2022. Analysis based on the period 1997/98 to 2021/22.
Continuity of data
All data are revised annually to reflect any changes to analysis and to ensure the most complete information is presented. Data for the most recent financial year are labelled as provisional and may be subject to change in forthcoming publications. Minor revisions of this nature are often due to incomplete data returns at the time of the previous publication.
Concepts and definitions
Also, refer to:
Hospital care - background information (external website)
ScotPHO - drug misuse (external website)
Relevance and key uses of the statistics
Relevant to understanding substance use in Scotland. Statistics will be used for policy making and service planning.
Quality checks are conducted by Public Health Scotland (PHS). Figures are compared to previously published data and expected trends.
Details of data submission issues are available on the SMR completeness webpage (external website).
The NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) publishes figures on hospital admissions for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders in England but should not be directly compared with published data from Scotland. For more information see the background information on the PHS hospital care webpage (external website).
It is the policy of PHS to make its websites and products accessible according to published guidelines.
Coherence and clarity
Data are presented within an interactive dashboard workbook. Notes have been added to ensure technical terms can be understood.
Value type and unit of measurement
Numbers, percentages and European Age-sex Standardised Rates per 100,000.
The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol (external website) is followed to protect patient confidentiality.
Official Statistics designation
Accredited National Statistic
UK Statistics Authority Assessment
Completed assessment by UK Statistics Authority, report published 4 April 2012.
23 November 2021
Date of first publication
Date form completed
05 October 2022
Early access details
Under terms of the "Pre-Release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008", PHS is obliged to publish information on those receiving Pre-Release Access ("Pre-Release Access" refers to statistics in their final form prior to publication). The standard maximum Pre-Release Access is five working days. Shown below are details of those receiving standard Pre-Release Access.
Standard Pre-Release Access
Scottish Government Health Department
NHS Board Chief Executives
NHS Board Communication leads
PHS and Official Statistics
About Public Health Scotland (PHS)
PHS is a knowledge-based and intelligence driven organisation with a critical reliance on data and information to enable it to be an independent voice for the public’s health, leading collaboratively and effectively across the Scottish public health system, accountable at local and national levels, and providing leadership and focus for achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes for the population. Our statistics comply with the Code of Practice for Statistics (external website) in terms of trustworthiness, high quality and public value. This also means that we keep data secure at all stages, through collection, processing, analysis and output production, and adhere to the 'five safes (external website)'.