According to data released by the Office for National Statistics, there were 2,597 drug overdose deaths in England and Wales in 2012. The deaths were from both legal and illegal drugs.
1,706 of the drug-related deaths were men, and 891 were women.
Opiates such as heroin accounted for over half of the drug overdose deaths in 2012. Deaths from mephedrone increased from 29 deaths in 2011 to 52 in 2012.
Source: James Gallagher, “Wales tops drug poisoning table,” BBC News, August 26, 2013.