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Drug Abuse Treatment

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. The quality of data has been significantly improved in 2017 and 2019.

Statistical presentation

The 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 municipalities, sex and age groups.

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Statistical processing

Data for these statistics are continuously collected municipalities and drug treatment centers. Data are validated extensively by presenting the collected data to the responsible municipality for validation and approval. Hereafter, we initiate processes that e.g. remove persons with invalid social security numbers or who have finished their treatment because they died. In order to compile and sort the treatments, we aggregate two or more requests regarding the same person, if there are ten or fewer days between the end of the first treatment and the beginning of the next treatment.

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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.

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Accuracy and reliability

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.

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Timeliness and punctuality

These statistics are normally published six moths after the end of the reference period.

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The statistics are compiled in the current, comparable form for 2015-2021. There are no European guidelines for statistics on social drug abuse treatment. There are European comparable statistics where data for Denmark are provided by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority. Health professional drug abuse treatment is collected in the Drug Abuse Database for the registers SIB (Drug Abusers in Treatment) and KVALHEP (Quality Assurance of Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention of Hepatitis C). The National Board of Health publishes the "Drug situation in Denmark" annually, with data from SIB.

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Accessibility and clarity

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 Drug abuse treatment. For further information, go to the subject page.

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