Drug-induced deaths are deaths directly attributable to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
In 2017, 110 drug-induced deaths were reported. Toxicological results attributed the vast majority of these deaths to overdoses of synthetic opioids, mainly fentanyl (in 28 cases fentanyls only) and other fentanyls, such as carfentanyl (reported in 15 cases). The mean age at drug-induced death has increased in recent years, although even in 2017 one fifth of victims were younger than 25 years. Compared with 2016, overdose death cases are more widely spread throughout the country.
The drug-induced mortality rate among adults aged 15-64 years was 130 deaths per million in 2017, considerably higher than the European average of 22 deaths per million.