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Information on the drug-related deaths and mortality (DRD) key indicator



Drug-related deaths and mortality key epidemiological indicator

Drug-related deaths and mortality (DRD)

Drug-related mortality is a complex phenomenon, which accounts for a considerable percentage of deaths among young people in many European countries. The EMCDDA, in collaboration with national experts, has defined an epidemiological indicator with two components at present: deaths directly caused by illegal drugs (drug-induced deaths) and mortality rates among problem drug users.
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Reported data

The data collected through the DRD key indicator is published annually as part of the EMCDDA's Statistical Bulletin.

Data is used in many EMCDDA products, including in the following key resoures:


Other methodological resources


Cohort studies on mortality

Special Mortality Registries

Data collection tools

Page last updated: Monday, 12 November 2018