In 2016, 1,333 people died in Germany due to the use of dangerous substances — a nine percent increase compared to the previous year.
Drug Zar Marlene Mortler (CSU) and the President of the Federal Police Office (BKA) Holger Münch recently announced the death toll figures during their presentation of the annual criminal statistics this month in Berlin.
The number of drug-related deaths has now risen for the fourth consecutive year and appears poised to eclipse the 2008 record of 1,449 deaths. The majority of Germany’s drug-related deaths are caused by opioids and opiates.
Overall, the number of registered offenses in 2016 rose by 7.1 percent to 302,594 cases. In the case of cannabis-related offenses, a rise of 8.5 percent to a total of 183,015 was recorded.
According to these figures, more than 60 percent of all drug-related offenses are connected to cannabis. The increase from 132,745 to 145,915 does not include trafficking, smuggling, or possession of large quantities. The spike in offenses strongly suggests that the German police continue to target cannabis users even though consumption is not punishable and possession of small quantities has been…