Shocking facts about drug users in Greece

This is the highest that has been described in all the developed countries of Europe, America and Australia in the 21st century

Our country has a higher mortality rate for substance users for the period 2018-2022 than Europe,
her America and Australia. The data was announced on the occasion of the 10th Panhellenic Meeting “AIDS, Hepatitis and Emerging Diseases – Prevention – Diagnosis – Treatment” which will be conducted by 22 to 24 September in Athens.

The above conclusion as well as other shocking facts come from the programs “Aristotle» HCV-HIV (2018-2020, Athens) and «Alexander» (2019-2021, Thessaloniki), which takes care of for the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C and HIV infection in the most vulnerable IDUs (active users, high proportion homeless, usually without linkage to prevention/harm reduction services).

3.5 deaths per 100 users

The findings demonstrate that mortality in ICUs (controlled use areas) in Greece was 3.5 deaths per 100 users per year.

It is about for the highest that has been described in all the developed countries of Europe, America and Australia in the 21st century.

In Thessaloniki, the sad first

In fact, it has been identified that mortality in IDUs Thessaloniki was significantly larger than in Athens.However, the course of mortality in Athens was upward during the period 2018-2022 (mostly in 2022), which could possibly constitute a long-term consequence of the pandemic and its impact on vulnerable populations. The fact that the mortality in drug users was 17 times higher than the mortality of the general population of the same age and sex in Greece.

Which drug users have a higher mortality rate?

In particular, it is estimated that it is larger in new users (35 times), in women (28 times), in people with daily drug use (29-fold) and in people with HIV (34-fold).

The figures were presented by the chairmen of the meeting’s organizing committee, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine of the EKPA, Mr. Angelos Chatzakis and Mr. George Papatheodoridis, Professor of Pathology – Gastroenterology, EKPA School of Medicine, Director of the University Gastroenterology Clinic, G.N.A. “Popular”,

On the subject, the emeritus professor of Psychiatry, Meni Mallioris, pointed out that in March 2021-22, the highest number of drug overdose deaths occurred in the USA as well, i.e. it reached 107,000 deaths.

That’s why in the US they will be available $79.1 million to prevent overdose deaths alone.

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