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

Part (i) Demographic characteristics, 2006 or last year with available information

CountryYearType of definitionNo of DRD% Male% FemaleMean age% aged under 15% aged under 25% aged 35+% aged 65+
Belgium1997Selection B12378.921.134.20.827.634.18.1
Czech Republic(1)2006Selection D4285.714.332.12.423.823.82.4
Denmark2005Selection B20777.822.24205.368.64.3
Estonia2006Selection B6886.813.225.608.819.10
Ireland2004Selection B112752533.6027.735.72.7
Greece(2)2006Selection D17389.610.42.346.8
Italy2006Selection D51788.611.435.209.5540.2
Cyprus2006Selection D785.714.328.3057.114.30
Latvia2006Selection B1788.211.825.7041.25.90
Lithuania2006Aproxi Selection B6291.98.129.7021210
Hungary2006Selection D2592830.201216
Malta2006Selection B771.428.628.6042.914.30
Netherlands2006Selection B11272.327.739.209.868.86.3
Austria2006Selection D19778.721.329046.226.90
Romania(5)2006Selection B2195.24.821.3061.99.50
Slovakia2006Selection D20851535.5020350
Finland2006Selection B13877.522.538.3026.1509.4
Sweden2004Selection B13582.217.836.8016.346.73.7
United Kingdom (DSD)2005Aproxi Selection B197977.822.237.70.312.3523.9
Norway2005Aproxi Selection B16377.922.135.201952.81.8


 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 registriesand 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 (170 cases out of 212). 

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

 (3) From this year onwards, the data coverage is national. In previous years, the information was based on six cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Bilbao). 

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

 (5) Data refer only to Bucharest and several counties in the competence area of the Toxicology Laboratory from Bucharest. 

 See Drug-related deaths — methods and definitions.  

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


 Reitox national reports 2007, 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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