Information on drug-related emergencies in Germany originates from the hospital records of inpatients treated for intoxication and poisoning, and from the Poison Information and Control Centres. The available data for 2016 indicate that more than 23 500 hospitalisations were linked to illicit drugs, relatively unchanged since 2015, when 23 800 cases were reported were. In 2016, more than half of the patients seeking help for intoxication (excluding poisoning) did so because of multiple psychoactive substances use; much less common were emergencies associated with cannabinoids (including synthetic cannabinoids), sedatives, stimulants other than cocaine and opioids. The long-term trend indicates an increase in polydrug use-related intoxications as well as an increase in cannabinoid- and stimulant-related intoxications (excluding cocaine).
In 2016, four out of eight Poison Information and Control Centres reported around 2 200 enquiries related to the suspected consumption of illicit drugs, most of which were linked to amphetamine-type substances and to cannabinoids, with half of the latter relating to synthetic cannabinoids.
A treatment centre from Munich participates in the European Drug Emergencies Network (Euro-DEN Plus) project, which was established in 2013 to monitor acute drug toxicity in sentinel centres across Europe.