Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
Data from the Polish General Mortality Register show that the number of reported drug-induced deaths has fallen since 2014. In 2016, 7 out of 10 victims of drug-related deaths were male, and the mean age of the victims was 37 years for males and 46 years for females. Some deaths recorded among females might be related the use of an opioid the context of long-term prescription of painkillers for cancer and non-cancer conditions. Limitations in the coding and recording of the cases limits the possibility to fully assess the contribution of these cases to the total number reported.
The drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) in 2016 was seven deaths per million, which is below the European average of 22 deaths per million.