Heroin Assisted Treatment
"Treatment with prescription heroin was launched in Denmark in 2010. The rules on the prescription of and treatment with heroin are laid down in the National Board of Health's guidelines from January 2010 together with associated legal framework and executive orders.
"The social reserve agreements for 2009 and 2010 provide that as of 2010, a total amount of 8.5 million EUR must be set aside for permanent financing of the prescription heroin scheme. Similar to any drug use treatment schemes in Denmark, including social and substitution treatment with methadone and buprenorphine, heroin treatment is provided free of charge.
"The National Board of Health has estimated that approximately 10% of all drug abusers in long-term substitution treatment fulfil the criteria for treatment with heroin. Furthermore, the National Board of Health has assessed that approximately 300 drug abusers will receive heroin treatment in Denmark within the next few years."
"2011 National Report (2010 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Denmark: New Development, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues," Prepared by Sundhedsstyrelsen (National Board of Health) (Lisbon, Portugal: EMCDDA, 2012), p. 62.