Assessment of high drug-related deaths in Scotland and six other EU countries published

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) have published a technical report assessing drug-related deaths (DRD) in seven European countries.

The report examines the triggers and dynamics of drug-related death in the seven EMCDDA Member States with the highest DRD rates per population; Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Scotland (United Kingdom) during the 2004-2014 period.

The report explores whether between-country variations might be explained in part by differences in the number of drug users at risk of DRD, and by differences in the level of DRD risk among those who are at risk. The analysis is based on a series of multiple indicators developed in consultation with national experts from each country and several recommendations emerge.

Alongside the report, the EMCDDA have also published three related reports on coding; focusing on codification practices and data flow between the different mortality registries. It highlights the complexity and differences of coding practices of the causes of deaths across Europe. Recommendations are made to improve the level of accuracy and coverage of reporting on DRD.

Click here to download ‘EMCDDA assessment of drug-induced death data and contextual information in selected countries’


Click here to download ‘Coding Part 1: Codification practices of drug related deaths following the WHO revision of ICD coding guidelines related to DRDs’