Perspectives on Drugs (PODs)
Preventing overdose deaths in Europe (Perspectives on drugs)
More than 9 000 lives were reported to be lost to drug overdoses in Europe (28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway) in 2016, the latest reporting year, and this is an underestimate. Reducing drug-related deaths therefore remains a major challenge for public health policy. This analysis describes...
Policy and practice briefings
Policy and practice briefings: Older people with problematic opioid use
People over the age of 40 make up an increasing share of those with an opioid problem in Europe. This is reflected in the increasing age of those in drug treatment and those dying of opioid overdoses. This policy and practice briefing provides an overview of the key issues, response options,...
Preventing opioid overdoses in Europe
This report focuses on individual, situational and organisational risk factors for overdoses and how they can be modified to reduce fatal outcomes. Key risk and protective factors were categorised and their efficacy and the factors that facilitate or impede prevention were critically discussed by...
Drugs in focus
Overdose — a major cause of avoidable death among young people
Drug-related death is a complex phenomenon that includes both deaths from overdose and deaths indirectly related to drugs, for example from diseases spread by the sharing of injecting equipment, such as AIDS and hepatitis, and from accidents, violence and suicide under the influence of drugs.
European report on drug consumption rooms, 2004
Consumption rooms are protected places for the hygienic consumption of preobtained drugs in a non-judgemental environment and under the supervision of trained staff (Akzept, 2000). They constitute a highly specialised drugs service within a wider network of services for drug users, embedded in...
An overview study: Assistance to drug users in European Union prisons (abridged version)
In line with EU priorities, the EMCDDA launched the study ‘Assistance to drug users in European Union prisons’ in December 1999. The aim of the study – commissioned from Dr Heino Stöver from the University of Oldenburg – was to provide an overview of the situation and the demand and harm reduction...