Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
In 2017, the Police Special Registry registered five drug-induced deaths. Toxicological analyses confirmed the presence of opioids in three of the five deaths, either alone or in combination with other illicit stimulants. In 2017, the mean age of the deceased was 34 years and all of them were male.
The estimated drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) was 16 deaths per million in 2017, which is slightly lower than the most recent European average of 22 deaths per million.