IDPC Briefing Paper - Drug Consumption Rooms: Evidence and Practice

23 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012

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Eberhard Schatz

The Correlation Network

Marie Nougier

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

Date Written: June 22, 2012


For the past 10 to 20 years, drug consumption rooms (DCRs) have become an integrated part of the drug treatment and harm reduction strategy in a variety of countries in Western Europe, North America and Australia. However, they have not yet been established in the majority of countries worldwide.

This briefing paper provides a short summary of the background, history and objectives of DCRs, and analyses available evidence regarding their impact. The second part of the briefing paper consists of an overview of the various DCRs in different countries, with a particular focus on the concepts used to develop these facilities with regard to the local political, cultural and social situation of each country.

Keywords: Civil society engagement, Harm reduction, National policy

Suggested Citation

Schatz, Eberhard and Nougier, Marie, IDPC Briefing Paper - Drug Consumption Rooms: Evidence and Practice (June 22, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Eberhard Schatz

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Marie Nougier (Contact Author)

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