German drug users are increasingly resorting to artificially produced substances, with the number of drug-related deaths also increasing in 2014.

22 Apr 2015

The number of drug related deaths in Germany last year rose 3% from 1,002 to 1,032. Drug commissioner Marlene Mortler (CSU) presented new figures in Berlin on Tuesday.


There are now 350 known psychoactive drugs on the market. 

Increased consumption of new psychoactive substances, such as MDMA, which can often be purchased over the Internet and are sometimes even legal, was highlighted as a key factor behind the high number of victims. The number of deaths caused by so-called legal highs soared last year from five to 25.

"Every death is one death too many," Mortler said on Tuesday.

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