Bergen Police registered 19 deaths by overdose in 2015, half of the figures of the previous year, the newspaper BergensAvisen writes.
The figures are preliminary and based on autopsy reports from cases where the police have been involved. In 2014, 38 people in Bergen died of overdoses.
– It is too early to say whether this is a trend, but it is a good decline, police superintendent Bjarte Sedal at the analysis section in Hordaland Police said to BergensAvisen.
NIPH will bring official figures on causes of death in November. Even if these figures should turn out to be be higher, it was in all probability still a significant decline of overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015.
– We have no explanation for this decline. It is gratifying, of course, but it’s a bit early to say what may have caused this decline, Seldal says.
Of the 19 registered deaths six were caused by pure heroin overdoses. The remaining 13 were due to amphetamine or polydrug use.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today