Drug-related deaths in Denmark 2006-2016

Number of drug-related deaths in Denmark from 2006 to 2016

by F. Norrestad, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Drug-related deaths in Denmark 2006-2016 The number of drug-related deaths in Denmark generally decreased since 2009. In 2015, the number of deaths was down at the lowest point of the period from 2006 to 2016, when it amounted to 65. In 2016, this number had increased again and was up at 97 deaths. Most of the drug-related deaths in Denmark in 2016 occurred in Copenhagen capital municipality.
Most deaths from opioids

     The major part of all drug-related deaths from 2006 to 2017 occurred among men. In 2016, 223 of the 277 deaths were among males. 75 percent of all drug-related deaths in Denmark were due to overdosing or poisoning. In almost all cases where drug use led to death, the deceased had been using opioids.

Cannabis use is the most commonly used drug

     The most commonly used drug in Denmark in 2016 was cannabis, where the highest user group was between 15 and 24 years. 19.8 percent in this age group were cannabis users. The share of users declined with the older age groups, and in the age group from 55 to 64 years, 1.8 percent was using cannabis.
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Number of drug-related deaths in Denmark from 2006 to 2016

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