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Figure DRD-10. Mean age of drug-induced deaths in EU Member States, last year with available data


The figure represents data from countries that reported mean age of victims in most recent years. Information based on ‘national definitions’ as presented in Table DRD-6.

The countries are ordered according to overall average age at death. Note that the mean ages of deaths are based on less than 20 deaths for Cyprus, Malta, and Slovakia. Spain and Greece did not provide information concerning mean age.

For Czech Republic, EMCDDA Selection D was used instead of the national definition. National definition also includes poisoning by psychoactive medicines, which accounts for most cases (173 cases out of 213).

For Portugal, data include all cases with post mortem analysis positive for any drug of abuse, which is likely to produce an overestimate compared to selection D.

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Statistical bulletin 2007: Figure DRD-10

Statistical bulletin 2008: Figure DRD-10

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


Reitox national reports 2008, taken from national mortality registries or special registries (forensic or police).

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Page last updated: Monday, 20 July 2009