International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms

"We don't do this to get people out of drugs, We are happy when we do, but at first it is helping people in the situation they are in".

Ivan Christensen (manager of DCR Copenhagen)

Denmark has joined a handful of other countries worldwide in providing “fix rooms,” or drug consumption centers (DCR’s) where users are supervised when using. If the municipality wishes to establish a drug consumption room, the local Social Services Administration must apply to the Ministry of Health.


The Danish Parliament passed legislation in June 2012 that would allow municipalities to open these centers and Copenhagen launched the first one in October of that year. Two other Danish cities have since followed suit.

The DCRs must contribute to reducing mortality rates and improve the health conditions for the drug users and help in reducing public nuisance.

A second DCR was opened in Copenhagen and both centers now host 1,800 users who smoke and inject heroin and cocaine. Nurses witness up to 800 injections each day at the centers.

The multidisciplinary team of the DCRs contains: psychologists, social pedagogues, educators and nursing staff.

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INDCR Covid-19 statement (23 March 2020)

Dear readers

As other vulnerable communities, people who use drugs are at a high risk throughout this COVID-19 epidemic. On regular circumstance, the life of the drug user is already hard enough. During this period, it becomes extremely complicated: nobody on the streets to make money, dealers are seldom and fewer NGOs operate. People who use drugs experience vulnerability because of the physical proximity in the act of drug using/sharing/dealing. In addition, some chronically ill drug users deal with an impaired immune system that compromise their resistance to all sorts of virus (including the COVID-19).

The International Network of Drug Consumption Rooms (INDCR), ask policy makers and health authorities to use all of their immediate power and resource to protect people who use drugs by providing a pragmatic approach to this crisis:

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