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Table DRD-1. Summary of characteristics of the deceased in drug-related deaths according to national definitions [see all tables in this series...]

Part (i) 2005 or last year with available information (demographic characteristics)

CountryYearType of definitionNo. of DRD% Male% FemaleMean Age% aged under 15% aged under 25% aged 35+% aged 65+
Belgium1997Selection B12379.
Czech Republic(1)2005Selection D6290.39.730.01.633.927.41.6
Estonia2005Selection B5791.28.826.
Ireland2003Selection B9670.829.
Greece(2)2005Selection D28491.58.54.940.1
Spain(3)2004Aproxi Selection D21281.618.437.40.03.861.80.0
France2005Aproxi Selection D5773.726.3
Italy2005Selection D60392.
Cyprus2005Selection D988.911.
Latvia2005Selection B1478.621.427.50.035.721.40.0
Lithuania2005Aproxi Selection B3193.56.532.
Hungary2005Selection D2882.117.931.00.017.928.60.0
Malta2005Selection B887.512.529.10.012.525.00.0
Netherlands2005Selection B12273.
Austria2005Selection D19177.522.528.90.539.828.30.0
Romania(5)2005Selection B683.316.723.
Slovenia2004Aproxi Selection D4077.522.533.
Slovakia2005Selection D1758.941.
Finland2005Selection B12675.424.642.00.817.557.111.1
Sweden2003Aproxi Selection B15278.921.
United Kingdom (ONS)(6)2004316167.332.741.60.311.862.110.4
United Kingdom (DSD)2004Aproxi Selection B178678.421.636.60.114.749.64.2
Norway2004Aproxi Selection B22074.125.937.10.011.860.00.9


 The information refers to the last year for which information on the deceased's characteristics was available.    

 Number of deaths per country per year are presented in Table DRD-2 part (i).   

 Type of definition refers to the EMCDDA standard definition; if the National definition matches with the agreed case definition established in the EMCDDA DRD Protocol: Selection B for General Mortality Registries and Selection D for Special Registries. In some countries equivalence is not total but it is, in practice, relatively similar (see Drug-related deaths – methods and definitions ).   

 Figures for EMCDDA Standard definitions (Selection B and Selection D) for all countries with available information, see Table DRD-3 and Table DRD-4, and Drug-related deaths – methods and definitions .    

 (1) For the Czech Republic, EMCDDA Selection D was used instead of the national definition. National definition includes also poisoning by psychoactive medicines, which accounts for most cases (156 cases out of 218).   

 (2) For Greece, data refer to up to 20 and 31+.   

 (3) For Spain, the data is based on 5 cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Bilbao).   

 (4) For Portugal, data refer to age under 19 and 45+.   

 (5) Data refer only to Bucharest.       

 (6) United Kingdom: (ONS) based on standard definition of Office for National Statistics; (DSD) based on definition developed for the Drug Strategy.    

 See Drug-related deaths – methods and definitions .          

 See also 'General notes for interpreting data' on the Explanatory notes and help page.   


 Reitox national reports 2006, taken from national mortality registries or special registries (forensic or police). Based on 'National definitions' as presented in Drug-related deaths – methods and definitions .    

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