Torkel Richert is an associate professor of social work at Malmö University and a drug researcher.

He believes that the situation in Sweden has for a long time been difficult with high and increasing death rates.

- But in Skåne we actually have a slightly better situation than the country as a whole, says Torkel Richert.

First out with syringe change

In the last two years, the number of deaths in Skåne has also decreased.

The reasons why Skåne stands out include the syringe exchange program that Skåne was the first to introduce 30 years ago, and the antidote naloxone that is distributed to drug addicts.

In addition, the health service works to warn drug addicts when new, more dangerous drugs come on the market.

Watch the interview with Torkel Richert in the video above.