Drug-related deaths (DRD) in Europe: updates from the annual meeting of the EMCDDA DRD expert network 30 September – 1 October 2021


On 30 September and 1 October 2021, the EMCDDA brought together more than 60 European and international experts for the annual meeting on the key indicator Drug-related deaths. The online meeting provided a space for sharing and discussing new data, studies and experiences at regional, national and European level. This meeting report provides an overview of presentations and discussion and is focused on the following topics.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction, welcome and updates
  • Trends 2020: preliminary findings and insights from selected countries
  • Responses to overdoses: updates from the field
  • Mortality cohort studies
  • Drug-related deaths data to inform policy-making
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions and next steps
  • References