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Drug-related deaths in Sweden 2008-2018

The number of drug-related deaths in Sweden decreased in 2018, compared to the previous year and amounted to 10.8 deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants. Most of the deaths were among men, 12.9 deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants compared to 8.6 among women.

Most deaths from opioids

     According to the Public Health Agency in Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten), the most common cause of death is overdosing, and in almost all cases from the use of opiates (types of opioids). Opioid users were the most common drug treatment entrants for specialized drug treatment care in Sweden in 2017. The gender distribution among these entrants consisted of 67 percent men and 33 percent women.

Cannabis use is the most common drug use

     Opioids are the most common cause of drug-related deaths, but cannabis is the most commonly used drug. In a survey from 2018 on cannabis use, seven percent of women and 11 percent of men from 16 to 29 years stated that they had used cannabis within the last twelve months.

Number of drug-related deaths in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Age group

15 years and older

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