Decision details

PCC DN - Extension to GM Drug Related Deaths (DRD) contract

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, GM Deputy Mayor, Treasurer GMCA

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Drug related death (DRD) remains a significant issue at both a local and national level within England and Wales, with 2019’s death registrations showing a new record number of drug poisonings recorded for the eighth consecutive year. The 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester have seen a substantial rise in both drug misuse deaths (48.8%) and deaths from drug poisoning (which include drug misuse deaths) (151.3%) since the ONS began collecting this data in 1993. The rise has been particularly acute since 2013, and the majority of overdose deaths occur outside of the treatment system.
This system will enable data and information to be compiled by local
authority in the following areas:
-demographics and trends
-substances implicated in toxicology
-cause and verdicts of deaths where available
-common themes such as employment/accommodation/relationship
-characteristics of deaths
This will build a more detailed picture across GM of what is happening in relation to drug related deaths, help in improving the response to these and assist with delivering the ambition of reducing drug related deaths in GM.


The contract with Liverpool John Moores University for the provision of a Drug and Alcohol Related Deaths Monitoring System is extended for a period of 12-months in accordance with the provisions of the contract.

The value of the 12-month extension is £74,160 reflecting a 3% uplift due to increased costs to the provider. GMCA will commission this system on behalf of the 10 GM local authorities with the local authorities fully funding the system as set out below. Funding has been agreed via the GM Drug and Alcohol Commissioners Group.

Bolton 7,520
Bury 4,995
Manchester 14,459
Oldham 6,201
Rochdale 5,817
Salford 6,769
Stockport 7,674
Tameside 5,923
Trafford 6,207
Wigan 8,595

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 22/12/2022