International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms

In the history of drug addiction care, the concept of Drug Consumptions Rooms is quiet recent. The first DCRs opened in 1986.

As of today, nine countries operate Drug Consumption Rooms and the practice varies greatly from a country to another.

There are differences in the structure of the DCRs, differences in the style of the DCRs and differences in the services provided by the DCRs.

In 2014, many European DCRs have taken part in a survey concerning the functioning of DCRs as well as on the organisation and structure of such facilities and aims to benefit various groups of stakeholders. (Link: see Drug Consumption Rooms in Europe / Sara Woods)

To gather information about the evolution of the concept DCR and to stay up to date with those information, the INDCR would like to conduct an ongoing survey under the existing drug consumption rooms worldwide. To share basic information on opening hours, consumption places, admission criteria etc.

We will approach all DCRs once a year and ask to update their informations.

DCR Resource Centre
Find here the most important data of the DCR survey 2014.

average visitors per day


Several pillars refer to more than one DCR: In Switzerland the survey was completed by one person for the whole city of Zürich which has 4 operating DCR’ s, same goes for Basel wich has 2 DCR’s and one Spanish pillar refers to 3 DCR’s in Catalunya.

 

 

idu places in a dcr

 

smoking places at a dcr

 

living room places in a dcr

facilities open opening hours


 

Opening hours are on an average 8 hours per day. During weekends only 20 of the 34 DCR’s are operational.

dcr admission criteria


 

Admission criteria explained:

Disclaimer: Signing of a disclaimer (own responability of using in the facility).
Nosubstitute: Not having substitution treament (methadone/subuxone).
Contract: Signing a contract (house rules, compliance statement).
Possessdrugs: Has to be in possession of his/her own drugs before entering the room.
Parentclient: Has to be client of the parent organsiation which is managing the DCR.
Municipality: Being registered with the municipality in which the DCR is located.
Physicalmental: Being in poor physical and or mental condition.
Localfacility: Being registered as a client of a(nother) local facility
Vicinity: Residing in the vicinity of the DCR
Public nuisance: Having caused public nuisance.

 

social functions of a dcr

 

sufficient support from

 

acceptability


 

Sufficient support among local parties for establishing the DCR. // Acceptability: sufficient support among local parties at the moment. Services in a DCR

 

services provided in a dcr

total staff dcr

 

trainings provided for staff

initiative provision of health education

 

when provide health education

 

how provide health education

 

 

alcohol tobacco use in a dcr

 

time limit

 

average time limit

 

rules presented to the visitors

 

how are rules established

 

 

News

The Sydney based Uniting Medically Supervised Injection Centre prepared an exhaustive, easy to read overview of scientific & grey literature that would facilitate scholars and advocates working in this area:

Overview of International Literature – Supervised Injecting Facilities & Drug Consumption Rooms (Issue 1: Aug 2017)

The document includes evidence of SIF/DCR effectiveness in regard of attracting high risk drug users, managing overdose and decrease overdose-related mortality, enhancing safe injecting practice, decreasing public drug use and improve public amenity and more.

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The Greek organisation Kethea questions the establishment of drug consumption rooms in that country and states, that there is no evidence about the effectiveness of those facilities.

 

Read an answer of IDPC, providing information about the legal and scientific context.

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Drug Consumption Rooms in the world

 

 

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