International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms
"Research to prove that injecting inside drug consumption rooms is safer than injecting elsewhere, is like needing to prove that jumping from a plane with a parachute is safer than jumping without one."
Joan Colom I Faran in Viral Hepatitis in Europe, 2014
The International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms is a platform where the latest information and scientific evidence can shared, experiences can be discussed, advocacy initiatives can be supported, and the policies and field practices can be shared among professionals and organisations working in or around Drug Consumption Rooms.
What is a DCR
The majority of DCRs aim to reduce health problems caused by problematic drug use, improve access to social, therapeutic and health services for people who use drugs (PWUD).
Sharing of best practices in the field of managing and maintaining a DCR from professional and user perspective. Assist in and contribute to evidence-based research, which is supporting the cause of DCRs.
Providing an overview on and access to existing literature in the field of harm reduction and DCR and therefore motivate the development of these resources.
Exchange knowledge and information. Being able to organize visits and on-site trainings (running a DCR, health prevention in a DCR, cost effectiveness). Providing a 'how-to' information around the implementation process of a new DCR by getting in touch with our experts.
Monthly Highlight DCR:
Political Situation (Source: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA))
A legal framework for a series of harm reduction measures, such as needle and syringe exchange and supervised injection rooms, was established in 2001 when the basic drug law of 1973 was amended. However, harm reduction interventions had already been initiated and developed prior to the new legal framework. The law amendment in 2001 allowed existing interventions to be maintained and further developed and new services such as drug consumption rooms and medically assisted heroin distribution to be implemented. The first and until now (2015) only injection room at the national level opened in July 2005 and has been integrated into the low-threshold emergency centre for drug users. Up to 2015 a total of 1 600 clients had signed the facility’s mandatory user contract, and more than 59 000 injections were supervised by trained staff during the year 2014. In 2012 the facility opened a room where drugs can be inhaled under supervision (blow room). A second supervised drug consumption room is planned in the southern part of the country for 2016/17.