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Lithuania's and Estonia’s mortality rate due to drug overdoses is much higher than in EU

BC, Vilnius, 31.05.2016.Print version
Lithuania's mortality rate due to drug overdoses is more than twice as high as the EU average, but the situation in Estonia is even worse, informs LETA/BNS.

Some 87 drug-induced deaths were reported in Lithuania in 2014, or 44.4 cases per million population, compared with the EU average of 19.2 cases, the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said in a report on Tuesday.


"Increases are evident in the most recent data from a number of countries with relatively robust reporting systems, including Ireland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom," it said.


The situation in Latvia is better, with 10.6 cases per million. However, Estonia registered the highest mortality rate in the EU, with 98 overdose deaths, or 113.2 cases per million.


It is estimated that at least 6,800 overdose deaths occurred in the European Union in 2014.


The BNS journalist's trip to Lisbon was paid for by the EMCDDA. This has no impact on the content of the report.

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