Romania Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related emergencies

In Romania, drug-related emergencies have been monitored nationwide since 2010. In 2017, over 3 000 emergencies caused by illicit psychoactive substances were reported, a stable figure compared with 2016. More than one third of the cases were linked primarily to the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS), followed by cannabis (reported for one fifth of the cases) and opioids (reported for fewer than 1 out of 10 cases). In about one fifth of the reported emergencies, more than one illicit substance or alcohol was involved. Young males were the group most likely to seek emergency help as a result of illicit substance use.


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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.