Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
In 2017, the Special Registry reported an increase in the number of drug-induced deaths in Cyprus. Eleven of the 16 deaths involved opioids — in the vast majority of cases in combination with psychoactive medicines. Four of the cases involved oxycodone (compared with three cases in 2016).
In Cyprus, the drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) was 26 deaths per million in 2017, more than double the rate for the year 2016 and similar to the most recent European average of 22 deaths per million.