An overview of the drug-related deaths (DRD) key indicator


This document gives an overview of the drug-related deaths (DRD) indicator, one of five key epidemiological indicators used by the EMCDDA for the collection and interpretaion of harmonised, good quality data at European level. It is written in an easy to understand manner and is intended for a wide readership.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction to the indicator 
  • Purpose of the indicator
  • Methodology 
  • EMCDDA monitoring standards
  • Methodological approach and information domains 
  • Case definition
  • Operative criteria 
  • Further developments 
  • Strengths and limits of the information on drug-related 
  • References