Drug use: drug deaths in Germany at a consistently high level


The number of drug-related deaths in Germany remains high: Last year, 1,276 people died as a result of drug use – four more than in the previous year. This was announced by the Federal Government Drugs Commissioner, Marlene Mortler (CSU).

Thus, there has been a significant decline in people who died of overdose of opioids such as heroin or morphine. The number of deceased dropped from 707 to 629. Nevertheless, most deaths from drug overdoses continued. According to Mortler, there has also been a decline in the deaths caused by new psychoactive substances, so-called legal highs. On the other hand, death rates have increased as a result of psychoactive drugs such as benzodiazepines.

In the first years after the turn of the millennium, the number of drug deaths had steadily declined. In 2012, with 944 deaths, it reached its lowest level since 1988. Since then, the deaths from drug use have risen again.

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