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




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




Take part in the new DCR survey


We would like to invite all drug consumption rooms to participate in an online survey of drug consumption rooms (DCR), on behalf of your organisation. You may remember we did a similar survey in 2014.

The aim of this new survey is to learn more about how your DCR operates, your clients and to examine the awareness and your needs in terms of HCV prevention and treatment.


Please go to:

The survey will take approximately 25 minutes.

Please answer before the end of December 2016

Results will be published on our website.




Drug Consumption Rooms in the world



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