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SWEDEN: Drug-related deaths fall by 10%

The number of drug-related deaths in Sweden declined last year, reversing a decade-long trend.

Since 2006 drug-related mortality has increased significantly in the country, with the annual death rate in the 15-64 age group surging from 210 to 618.

In 2016 the number of cases dropped to 543 however, according to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet who cite unpublished figures from Sweden’s Public Health Authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten). The figures cover deaths directly related to drug use such as overdoses.

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