Quality and comparability of data on drug-related deaths (feasibility study)

Series type: Technical reports


This is the final report of a feasibility study on proposals to improve the quality and comparability of data on drug-related (DRD) deaths. The study, co-ordinated by the Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands, collected data on drug-related deaths in the EU Member States and tested the feasibility of implementing the proposed standard. Proposals to improve the quality and comparability of data were developed and discussed with the WHO, Eurostat and experts of all EU Member States.The involvement of the EMCDDA focused in particular on the harmonisation of procedures and improvement of the quality of data during the processing, coding, collection and reporting phases.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Overall availability and quality of data
  • Drug-related deaths according to ICT-9 codes
  • Drug-related deaths in Sweden and the Netherlands: a case study
  • ICD-10
  • International co-operation and information exchange
  • Discussion and recommendations

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