Drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe: update from the EMCDDA expert network


This report provides an update on drug-related deaths in Europe based primarily on presentations and discussions held at the 2019 meeting of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) expert network on drug-related deaths. The meeting brought together experts and representatives from over 40 countries and provided a platform for discussing new trends in and analyses of drug-induced deaths in Europe and beyond and responses to them.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction to and aim of this report
  • Overdose deaths in Europe: an overview
    • Demographic characteristics of drug-related fatalities in Europe
    • Heroin-related deaths in selected European countries
    • Cocaine-related deaths in selected European countries
  • Special focus: a European overview of deaths related to new psychoactive substances
    • Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues
    • Etizolam: concern around new benzodiazepines in Scotland
  • Responding to drug-related deaths
    • Drug consumption rooms
    • Take-home naloxone programmes
  • References
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