Drug Consumption Rooms in Denmark 2012

(Drug Consumption Rooms in Denmark 2012) "After Act no. 606 of 18 June 2012 was passed on the amendment of act on psychoactive substances, it has become possible for the municipalities to establish drug consumption rooms as part of their overall services to drug abusers. If the municipality wishes to establish a drug consumption room, the local Social Services Administration must apply to the Ministry of Health.

Opioid Substitution Treatment in Denmark

(Opioid Substitution Treatment in Denmark) "Previously, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority recorded the number of persons in long-term methadone treatment based on data from the prescription register. The most recent records show that 5,700 persons in 2004 were admitted to substitution treatment with methadone. The records provided information about the number of persons admitted to methadone treatment under the Danish Prison and Probation Service and number of persons without a civil registration number (Sundhedsstyrelsen 2008a).

Primary Drug Reported in Drug Treatment in Denmark, 2011

(Primary Drug Reported in Drug Treatment in Denmark, 2011) "In 2011, 63% of the drug users reported cannabis as their primary drug when admitted to treatment for drug abuse. The opioids as a primary drug were reported by 17%, stimulants and cocaine by 15% and 6% reported 'other drugs' as the primary drug on admission. Quite a few drug abusers seeking treatment use several drugs, where 45% of the drug users reported having used more than one drug prior to admission in 2011.

Prevalence of Drug Use in the School Population in Denmark

(Prevalence of Drug Use in the School Population in Denmark) "Ongoing surveys have been made on the experimental use of illicit drugs among the very young. The ESPAD surveys conducted in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and in 2011 show an increase in the experimental use of cannabis and other illicit drugs among the 15-16-year-olds from 1995 to 1999. From this period, the experimental use stabilizes from 2007, however with minor, but significant increases in the experimental use of cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine from 2003 and onwards.

Drug-Related Mortality in Denmark, 2010

(Drug-Related Mortality in Denmark, 2010) "In 2010, the number of recorded drug-related deaths was 204. When considering the whole period, 1995-2010, the number of deaths fluctuate between 200-250. The number of deaths reached a rock bottom low in 2010 with 204 recorded deaths. In 2010, men accounted for 77 % (158) of all drug-related deaths. During the other years, their share of drug-related deaths is between 69% and 74%.
"Statistics based on the National Commissioner of Police's register

Hepatitis and Injection Drug Use in Denmark

(Hepatitis and Injection Drug Use in Denmark) "Despite minor fluctuations, there seems to have been a decline in the number of registered acute hepatitis cases in the Danish population as a whole over recent years (Table 6.2.2 of the Annex). During the period, the share of acute hepatitis cases, where the infected person has been an intravenous drug abuser, has been under our around 1% for hepatitis A, varied between 0 and 32% for acute hepatitis B and between 0 to 85% for acute hepatitis C.

New HIV Infections and Injection Drug Use in Denmark

(New HIV Infections and Injection Drug Use in Denmark) "Action taken in Denmark against HIV is based on the principle of voluntarism, anonymity and openness, providing direct and honest information and security for individuals in their contact with the health authorities. HIV testing is voluntary and people who are HIV-infected are reported anonymously. The HIV reporting system includes age, gender, information about any earlier HIV test and risk behaviour, as well as the presumed method of infection. Cases of AIDS are reported by name and personal data.

Lifetime Drug Use Prevalence Among Young Adults in Denmark

(Lifetime Drug Use Prevalence Among Young Adults in Denmark) "As table 2.2.4 shows, half (45%) of the young adults under the age of 35 in 2010 has tried cannabis ever, and 14% are current users - ie they state having used cannabis within the past years. As far as prevalence of illicit drugs other than cannabis is concerned, 14 % of the young adults under the age of 35 years in 2010 have tried such drugs, and 3 % are current users thereof (table 2.2.5).

Coordination of National Drugs Strategy

(Coordination of National Drugs Strategy) "The distribution of responsibility on a central level requires coordination. This is handled by the Ministry of Health which acts as the central coordinator of projects carried out by various authorities. This Ministry regularly assesses the overall drugs policy, including the need for adjustment. This also includes the need for interdisciplinary initiatives as a response to current and future challenges.