Drug induced deaths in Europe 2017, by age

In 2017, the highest share of drug induced deaths in Europe occurred in the age group 40 to 64 years, with 45 percent of all drug deaths befalling this age group. 41 percent of deaths involved individuals aged between 25 and 39 years, with a further nine percent of deaths involving under 25-year olds.

Where the most drug deaths occur

Estonia had the highest incidence of drug induced deaths in Europe in 2017. In Estonia there were 130 drug deaths per million population, significantly higher than the incidence of deaths in Sweden 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 2019, 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 2017, by age

Age in yearsShare of individuals
Younger than 259%
25-3941%
40-6445%
Over 645%
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2019

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