Alcohol poisonings in Lithuania halve during coronavirus quarantine

  • 2020-06-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The number of alcohol poisonings halved in Lithuania during the coronavirus quarantine, the director of the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department said on Monday. 

A total of 304 alcohol poising cases were registered in the country between March 16 and May 1, down from 778 in the same period last year, according to Renaldas Ciuzas.

"I believe there are economic reasons behind the decrease, too. Job losses and unemployment led some people to reconsider their expenditure in certain areas," he told a news conference. 

Figures provided by the department also show a decline in drug poisonings.  

"The number of poisonings with narcotic and psychotropic substances fell by 25 percent compared with the same period of 2019," Ciuzas said. "Opioid poisonings increased by one-third, but cannabis poisonings halved." 

The director said this could be due to a decrease in illegal drug trafficking and availability because of border closures. 

The coronavirus quarantine was introduced in Lithuania on March 16 and is set to end on June 16.