Malta Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related emergencies

The most recent data show that, in 2016, a total of 28 non-fatal overdoses were reported in Malta, slightly fewer than in 2015. Two thirds of non-fatal overdoses are attributed to the use of prescription medications.

A clinical toxicology unit from Valetta hospital participates in the European Drug Emergencies Network (Euro-DEN Plus) project, which was established in 2013 to monitor acute drug toxicity in sentinel centres across Europe.

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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.