Overdose deaths increase by almost 30%

in News · 20-12-2019 01:00:00 · 3 Comments
Overdose deaths increase by almost 30%

Deaths from overdose in Portugal increased by almost 30 percent in 2018 and reached their highest figure in the last five years, with most cases involving more than one substance, according to the SICAD reports.

Data from the Intervention Service in Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) presented in parliament showed that, in the records of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, of the 307 deaths with the presence of illicit substances and information on the cause of death, 49 were considered overdose.
The SICAD reports highlighted in these overdoses the presence of opiates (65 percent), cocaine (51 percent) and methadone (31 percent), highlighting the increase in cases with both opiates and cocaine.
In the vast majority (92 percent) of overdoses, more than one substance was detected, with alcohol (45 percent) and benzodiazepines (20 percent) standing out in association with illicit drugs.

As for the other causes of deaths with the presence of drugs (258), they were mainly attributed to natural death (42 percent) and accidents (38 percent), followed by suicide (14 percent) and homicide (3 percent).
SICAD said that several indicators point to a greater circulation of drugs in the Portuguese market at a time of great challenges, such as the growing use of the Internet to market various psychoactive substances and the recent changes in the country’s role in international trafficking routes.
As for routes, Portugal has been a transit country in the context of international hashish and cocaine trafficking, inflows from Morocco and Latin America and the Caribbean, respectively, to other countries, especially European ones.
In the executive summary of the reports on the country’s situation regarding drugs, drug addiction and alcohol, the National Coordinator for the Problems of Drugs, Drug Addiction and the Harmful Use of Alcohol, João Goulão, said that the trends highlight the need for rapid responses and to prioritise interventions with an effective impact on the health gains of these populations.



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So...Portugal had been lying to the world this whole time (how surprising) about their mass-legalization for recreational use being the best thing to happen to their society. I knew deep down that they were, despite how effective they were in burying the real facts from the world, until now. Well, yet another of the hazardous effects of embracing socialism: Lie all you want about how great it is, the truth will come out eventually.

By Anthony Caracausa from USA on 25-08-2020 04:07

Very good comment by Wendy Hermance.
The Sackler family is beyond wealthy, however they lack any morals at all. They are anti-American Americans. All they care about is money. They are a disgrace to the United States.

By Marc J Moniz from USA on 20-12-2019 11:50

Chapter 2 of Pulizter Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedge's book, America: The Farewell Tour is called "Heroin". It details the hollowed out nightmare Americans were left with thanks to unregulated pharmaceutical companies, especially Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family made billions by addicting Americans to opioids. Many then addicted turned to cheaper heroin, some of which was intentionally cut with deadly chemicals as a marketing ploy. Portugal is held up as a model of reversing the drug deaths and criminal activities that surround addition. The most chilling part of his story is that the drug makers are taking the same playbook outside Europe. Two friends in Portugal have been prescribed "pills" for minor sprains, when fisio, heat and rest should have sufficed. My Portuguese friend laughed off my concern. I am worried.

By Wendy Hermance from Porto on 20-12-2019 12:23
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