Availability of Drug Consumption Rooms in Germany 2012

"As at June 2012, there are a total of 24 stationary drug consumption rooms in six German Laender (Berlin, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia and Saarland) across 15 cities and two mobile drug consumption stations in Berlin. A consumption room in Aachen was closed at the beginning of the year109.
"More precise data on use and clientele of consumption rooms are at present only available for individual facilities who publish their annual reports on the internet. In addition, the DBDD sent a request by email in 2012 to those consumption rooms that do not make data available on their websites. From this request, together with internet research, data from 20 consumption rooms is available110. This data shows that in 2010, a total of 630,649 consumptions took place in these facilities in 2010 (although one should note that the definition of a 'consumption' varies considerably from facility to facility – in some consumption rooms, each visit is recorded as one consumption, irrespective of whether substances are consumed multiple times or if multiple substances are consumed during that one visit; in other facilities each 'consumption unit' is reported as its own consumption). Furthermore, in 2010 17 consumption rooms reported a total of 944 drug emergencies which could be treated in the facility directly or which could be transferred for further medical treatment."


German Reference Centre for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Deutsche Beobachtungsstelle fuer Drogen und Drogensucht (DBDD)), "2012 National Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Germany: New Developments, Trends and In-Depth Information on Selected Issues - Drug Situation 2011/2012" (Munich, Germany: DBDD, Oct. 2012), p. 150.