Research and analysis

Opiate and crack cocaine use: prevalence estimates by local area

Estimates of the number of opiate and crack cocaine users in local areas.


Estimates of opiate and crack cocaine use prevalence: 2016 to 2017

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The data tables contain prevalence estimates of:

  • opiate and/or crack cocaine users, organised into age groups
  • opiate users, organised by age and gender
  • crack cocaine users

The tables also contain estimates at local authority, regional and national levels for 15 to 64 year olds. They can be used by local authority commissioners to help to plan services to tackle opiate and crack cocaine dependence.

The report ‘Estimates of the prevalence of opiate use and/or crack cocaine use, 2016 to 2017’ published by the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) includes the methods used to get to the estimates, along with comparisons to previous estimates.

LJMU has also published national and regional ‘Estimates of the number of children who live with opiate users, England 2014 to 2015’. The paper includes definitions and the methods used to get to the estimates.

Published 1 September 2017
Last updated 25 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with the opiate and crack cocaine use prevalence estimates for 2016 to 2017.

  2. Corrected an error in the ‘Front sheet’ of ‘Estimates of opiate and crack cocaine use prevalence: 2014 to 2015’.

  3. Updated spreadsheet to include prevalence estimates from 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014. Liverpool John Moores University has also added this data to their report.

  4. Added a link to the estimates of the number of children who live with opiate users and the number of opiate users who live with children, published by Liverpool John Moores University.

  5. First published.