Lithuania Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related emergencies in Lithuania 2019

The information on drug-related emergencies in Lithuania originates from the Institute of Hygiene, which reports the number of contacts with healthcare institutions (inpatient and outpatient) attributable to poisoning by drugs or psychoactive substances. In 2017, almost 400 contacts were reported; the number decreased in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the number of drug emergencies attributed to heroin also fell compared with 2016, heroin but remained the most frequent substance involved in drug emergencies, followed by cannabis and other unspecified drugs. The mean age of people seeking emergency care was 29 years and the majority were male.

Two emergency departments, in Kaunas and Vilnius hospitals, participate 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.

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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.