HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 c240W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the numbers of deaths from solvent abuse in each of the past 18 years; and how much was spent in each of those years on anti-drug use publicity and education. [36251]

Ms Jowell

Data relating to deaths associated with solvent or volatile substance abuse are collected on the Department's behalf by St. George's Hospital Medical School; copies of the latest annual report "Trends in Deaths Associated with the Abuse of Volatile Substances 1971–1995" are in the Library and can be accessed on the world wide web athttp://www.sghms.ac.uk/phs/index.htm. Information on expenditure on anti-drugs publicity since 1979 is not readily available, although the Department has held a contract with the Health Education Authority since 1995–96 valued at £5 million per year.