Norway had the highest average of overdose deaths in Europe, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The country averaged 81 deaths per million in 2015. Estonia and Sweden were second and third, respectively.
Supporters argue that prescribing heroin increases the quality of life for addicts because they’re not given a form of the drug that’s been cut with any other harmful substances, such as Fentanyl. The practice, advocates say, lowers the overdose mortality rate and reduces crime and costs that come along with it.