Figure DRD-8 Long term trend in acute drug-related deaths in the EU, 1985 to 2003


The new Member States and Candidate Countries are not included in this graphic due to the lack of retrospective data in most of them.    

Index: 1985=100%.          

A few countries did not provide data for some years (see Statistical Bulletin 2005 ([Table DRD-2]). To correct this situation, it has been used the computation method defined in the report "European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2001). Co-ordination of the implementation of the EMCDDA standard guidelines on the drug-related deaths in the EU Member States, and the collection and analysis of information on drug-related deaths. Project CT.99.RTX.04, Co-ordinated by the Trimbos Institute. Lisbon: EMCDDA.

Ten countries provided information for 2003 and six did not. Therefore, the figure for 2003 is provisional, based in comparing 2002 and 2003 only for those countries with data for both years. The trends for those countries that provided information can be seen in the figures with trends by country.

Number of cases per country per year are presented in Statistical Bulletin 2005 [Table DRD-2].


Reitox national reports 2004, taken from General Mortality Registries or Special Registries (forensic or police). Based on national definitions as presented in 'Definitions of acute drug-related deaths in EU Member States', as used in the EMCDDA Annual Report and reported in Reitox national reports.

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