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Figure DRD-11. Indexed time series of patterns of drug-induced deaths in different countries (according to general temporal patterns of evolution) and in the EU as a whole [see all figures in this series...]

Part (iii) Index in some Member States, 1985 to 2006


For each country, the average of valid observations over the observation time (total number of deaths divided by the number of years with data) has been calculated. This average constituted the ‘100 % base’. For each year the number is presented as a percentage of this average number.

Eight countries provided information for 2006 and eight did not. The trends for those countries that provided information can be seen in the figures with trends by country. Belgium provided data for the years 1987 to 1997, therefore it is not included in the series. Data for Denmark 2002–04 were interpolated by preserving the average year-on-year EU trend from available data. The interpolated values reflect the EU trend rather than the trend in the individual country.

Number of cases per country per year are presented in Table DRD-2.

In some countries, the ‘national definitions’ include a limited number of cases of deaths indirectly related to drug use. See Methodological notes in the Statistical bulletin.

Related links:

Statistical bulletin 2007: Figure DRD-11 part (iii)

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


Reitox national reports 2007, taken from general mortality registries or special registries (forensic or police). Based on national definitions, as presented in methods and definitions for DRD ‘Definitions of acute drug-related deaths in EU Member States’, as used in the EMCDDA Annual report and reported in Reitox national reports.

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