Denmark Country Drug Report 2018

Quality assurance

The Social Services Act and the Health Act set the main quality assurance-related objectives for medical and social treatment in cases of drug dependence. One of ‘The 10 goals for social mobility’, launched in 2016, is to increase the percentage of people who finish drug dependence treatment either drug free or with reduced or stabilised use of drugs, and its implementation requires the adoption of an evidence-based approach to treatment.

The general promotion of the quality assurance of medical services is the responsibility of the Danish Health Authority, which supports the municipalities through information provision and dissemination of guidelines for interventions. With regard to the social treatment of people who use drugs, the National Board of Social Services collects and disseminates examples on effective methods and practice in this area through a network of relevant institutions. The National Board of Social Services implements the Drug Abuse Package, which includes a comprehensive list of methods for the treatment of young people who use drugs. The National Guidelines for the Social Treatment of Drug Abuse, published in February 2016, provide a joint platform for quality assurance of social treatment of drug dependence, and funding has been provided for the implementation of these guidelines in 2016-19. The Act on Social Supervision sets the context for the quality assurance of treatment and social residential care facilities, and regional social inspections re-evaluated all treatment facilities over the period 2014-15. All providers of social services must be approved by the social supervisory authorities and data about these service providers are publicly available. The drug treatment programmes under the Prison and Probation Service are also subject to an accreditation process.

There are no specific education systems for professionals working in the field of demand reduction. However, Aarhus University offers a European Master of Drug and Alcohol Studies in cooperation with Avogadro University in Italy. This master’s programme is aimed at professionals working in the field of demand reduction and offers a theoretical and knowledge-based perspective on interventions, policies, evaluations, etc., in the field.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.