Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
In Hungary the annual number drug-induced deaths ranged between 20 and 33 in the period 2012-17. The fluctuation in the number of deaths reported before 2011 was attributed to the purity of heroin. Availability of heroin fell significantly after 2010 and, as a result, other opioids started to dominate drug-related deaths data. In 2017, according to toxicological results, opioids were involved in almost a third of all deaths and were always found in combination with other psychoactive substances. In the remaining cases, amphetamines, MDMA/ecstasy, synthetic cathinones, cocaine or synthetic cannabinoids were detected. In 2017, the majority of victims were male and the average age at the time of death was 31 years.
The drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) in Hungary was five deaths per million in 2017, which is below the most recent European average of 22 deaths per million.