Greece Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related emergencies

Data on drug-related emergencies in Greece are not systematically collected, but some data are available from various sources, such as the Poison Information Centre and drug treatment services.

The Poison Information Centre reported 213 confirmed drug-related emergency cases in 2017, of which 53 % were related to polydrug use. Benzodiazepines, cannabis and opioids were the illicit substances most frequently identified.

The medical service of the drug treatment agency Organisation Against Drugs (OKANA), which operates in Athens, in 2017 responded to 11 drug-related emergency cases, all of which were related to the use of heroin and benzodiazepines. This figure demonstrates a considerable decline when compared with the 66 cases reported in 2016 and may be partly explained by the closing of services reporting the data.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.