Drug induced deaths in Europe 2018, by age

In 2018, the highest share of drug induced deaths in Europe occurred in the age group 40 to 64 years, with 48 percent of all drug deaths befalling this age group. 38 percent of deaths involved individuals aged between 25 and 39 years, with a further eight percent of deaths involving under 25-year olds.

Where the most drug deaths occur

Sweden had the highest incidence of drug induced deaths in Europe in 2018. In Sweden there were 81 drug deaths per million population, significantly higher than the incidence of deaths in the United Kingdom which was the country with the second highest. Despite Portugal having the highest prevalence of problem drug use in Europe, the country has one of the lowest incidences of drug induced deaths in Europe.

Prevalence of drug use in Europe

In 2020, over a quarter of people in the EU reported trying cannabis at any point in their lifetime, while over seven percent of people had used it in the past year. This means cannabis is the most consumed drug across Europe. Around one percent of individuals in Europe had taken cocaine and MDMA in the past year.

Share of drug induced deaths in Europe in 2018, by age

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2020

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