Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
Data from the Special Registry in Luxembourg indicate that the number of drug-induced deaths in the country has been relatively stable in recent years. Opioids (heroin and methadone) are the substances most frequently involved in drug-related deaths, followed by prescription drugs. Opioids are usually taken in combination with other licit or illicit substances. In 2017, males accounted for seven out of eight deaths. The mean age at drug-induced death has increased over the past 20 years.
The drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) in Luxembourg was 19 deaths per million in 2017, which is slightly lower than the most recent European average of 22 deaths per million.