This study on fatal intoxications in the Nordic countries indicates an over-representation of drug addicts in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All cases of fatal intoxications in persons 15-34 years of age submitted to medicolegal autopsy and subsequent toxicological examination in the Nordic countries during 1984-1985 included in the study. A comparison between the Nordic countries is possible because the same definition of a drug addict and classification of drugs are used. The numbers of fatal intoxications among drug addicts per 10(5) population were 6.3 in Denmark, 2.1 in Norway, 1.3 in Sweden, 0.6 in Finland and none in Iceland. About 70 per cent of the drug addicts in Norway and Sweden died from heroin/morphine intoxication. In Denmark only 55 per cent of the drug addicts died from heroin/morphine and 36 per cent died from overdoses of the legal drugs methadone, dextropropoxyphene and ketobemidone.