Menu
Drug addiction, male using drugs in syringe
Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Drug deaths in Europe

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on print
Share on email
Ireland was the 4th worst European country with 71 drug deaths per million, with the UK in 5th place with 60 deaths per million.

Comparisons

As highlighted by the latest edition of the European Drug Report, Estonia is the country with the most drug-induced deaths per million population in Europe. At 103, 82 above the EU average, only Sweden comes close with 100 deaths. At the other end of the scale, Portugal, where drugs were decriminalised back in 2001, had only 6 per million people. Looking outside of Europe, Estonia’s problems are pulled into sharp relief by the rate in the United States. In 2016, there were a staggering 185 deaths per million.

As you can see from this useful infographic from Statista, Ireland was the 4th worst European country with 71 deaths per million, with the UK in 5th place (Scotland is actually worse than England and Wales) with 60 deaths per million.

These figures are put into shocking context by the EU average figure of 21 deaths per million.

Infographic: Drug deaths in Europe | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Related posts you might like:

The UK drug scene is changing fast

Almost every area reported a continued rise in the use of new psychoactive substances. The rapid rise in the use of synthetic cannabinoids such as Black Mamba and Exodus Damnation was of particular concern, particularly amongst vulnerable groups such as opiate users, street homeless, prisoners and socially excluded young people. The problematic use of these drugs has featured regularly in prison inspectorate reports over the last year.

Read More »
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on print
Share on email

Privacy Preference Center

Keep up-to-date on drugs and crime

You will get one email with a new article every day.