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Sweden has EU's second highest rate of drugs-related deaths

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Published: 19.Jul.2019 10:53 hrs

Sweden has the second highest number of drugs-related deaths in relation to its population of any EU country, according to a new report.

A total of 626 deaths in Sweden in 2017 can be linked to drugs, the report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) showed. Estonia was the only EU country where the proportion was higher.

That report, which looked at EU countries as well as Norway and Turkey, showed that eight northern European countries had rates of over 40 drugs-related deaths per one million inhabitants, with 92 such deaths per one million inhabitants in Sweden and 130 in Estonia.

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