Cyprus Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-induced deaths

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.

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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.