Denmark Country Drug Report 2019

Quality assurance

In Denmark, 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. Quality objectives included in the Acts are specific and measurable; for example, drug users who wish to receive medical treatment, social treatment or both have the right to be offered a medical consultation no later than 14 days after their first enquiry.

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 provide a joint platform for the quality assurance of social treatment of drug dependence, and funding has been provided for the implementation of these guidelines. 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. The Danish Health Authority issued a drug prevention package to the municipalities, including specific recommendations for the type of interventions to be prioritised by the municipalities addressing the various risk factors.

All providers of social services must be approved by the social supervisory authorities, and data about these service providers are publicly available.

In Denmark there are no specific education systems for professionals working in the field of demand reduction, but an international initiative led by Aarhus University offers a European Masters of Drug and Alcohol Studies in cooperation with Avogadro University in Italy. This programme is aimed at professionals working in the field of demand reduction.


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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.