The purpose of these statistics is to describe the activities in the municipalities regarding drug abuse treatment. These statistics are used to display the volume of treatment types and to monitor the observance of the guaranteed waiting time for treatment, which is 14 days. These statistics are comparable since 2015. It is expected to extend the time series to cover a longer period back to 2013 in the years to come.
Drug abuse treatment statistics are a yearly measurement of drug abuse treatments activities initiated by the municipalities stated in incidents, courses and persons. These statistics are grouped by sex and two age groups and by geography.
Data for these statistics are collected yearly from municipalities and drug treatment places. Collected data are scrutinized and via dialogue with the responsible municipality validated before publication. The validated data are then aggregated to the final statistical output.
The statistics are relevant for citizens, authorities at municipal and state level and organizations, as the basis for knowledge about activities with social drug abuse treatment, a knowledge that can be used to assess any new initiatives in the Drug Abuse Treatment. The statistical data are also used in other areas within Statistics Denmark, e.g. volume indicators for a part of the national account constant prices compilation.
The overall accuracy of these statistics is under improvement. Full coverage is not yet reached. Sources of uncertainty can rely on varying registration practices among respondents. Due to data quality assurance revisions are to be expected. Also an increasing coverage will influence revisions in previous years.
These statistics are normally published 6 moths after the end of the reference period. Publication of 2019 were based on data reorganization and the transition to NemLog.-in published 9 months after the reference period. This was according to the planned release calendar for 2019 The first publication in 2017 was made 11 months after the end of the reference period. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.
These statistics have been compiled since 2015 and is comparable from 2015 and onwards. There are no common European guidelines for social drug abuse treatments. For European comparable statistics in the field of substance abuse, please refer to the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction), where the Danish Health and Medicines Authority participates and contributes data for Denmark.
These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject subject. For further information, go to the subject page.