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Drug-related deaths fall by 10%

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In 2016, the number of people dying from the use of drugs went down by ten per cent. Is it a new trend, or just a blip in the general development?

For a decade after 2006, the number of people dying as a result of drug-use almost trebled in Sweden. But in 2016, something happened. New figures show that the drug-related deaths dropped from 618 in 2015 down to 543in 2016. 

Radio Sweden spoke to Daniel Svensson, expert at the National Board of Health and Welfare, who said there can be several explanations for this.

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