Fentanyl overdose deaths emergency and response in Estonia

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 15:55 to 16:10
Insights zone 3 (I3)


The drug overdoses death rate in Estonia has been the highest in the EU for years. In the period 1999-2017, a total of 1,639 people have died because of drug overdoses. While most deaths (81%) are related to fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, as a response, the THN program is being implemented in Estonia since 2013. Until the end of 2017, 2,085 people have completed training, 2,089 sets with pre-filled naloxone syringes were distributed, and, in 597 cases, trained recipients were provided with a second naloxone set. In most cases (90%), the reported reason for the renewed naloxone request was that the original syringe was used to save a life. Between 2013-2017, drug related death cases declined in Estonia, but the overall level remains high. However, a drastic decrease in drug-related deaths in 2018 is assumed to be due to a shortage of fentanyl on the drug market, and to the increased availability of take home naloxone.


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24 5B 1555 Katri Abel-Ollo .pdf2.06 MBDownload




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