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.
Opening hours are on an average 8 hours per day. During weekends only 20 of the 34 DCR’s are operational.
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.
Sufficient support among local parties for establishing the DCR. // Acceptability: sufficient support among local parties at the moment. Services in a DCR