Sweden has a high rate of drug-related deaths

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  • According to a 2016 report by the Brookings Institution, "Sweden has low rates for drug use, but the number of drug-related deaths is more than three times the European average."[1]
  • A 2018 report by the EMCDDA shows Sweden with the second-highest drug-induced mortality rate out of profiled European countries.[2]

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  • According to another EMCDDA report, "The inconsistencies in the Swedish data on drug-related deaths also question the comparability of the Swedish statistics with other European countries, both in levels for specific years and in country-specific trends. In addition, it cannot be ruled out that other countries have done similar or other methodological changes (improvements) in their statistics over time which may further hamper the comparability. To this should be added already existing country differences in many of the stages of the collection of the drug-related deaths statistics, such as in the degree of forensic investigations and in the number of substances included in toxicological analyses."[3]

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