Facilities for drug users increased in 2002
A study just released on government spending in 2002 to provide treatment for drug addicts and develop services to deal with drug problems reports that discernable improvements were achieved within a short period.
Some EUR 7.5 million was allocated in the state budget for 2002 for treatment and counselling services for drug abusers. The development of services emphasised coordination with the existing service system of primary health care, social welfare, specialised medical care and drug treatment services.
Resources were especially targeted at helping improving care for severe cases and to develop services for young people, mothers and families with addiction problems, and patients with both mental health and drug problems.
The need for rehabilitation and treatment services for drug abusers has increased significantly in recent years. The study reports that improvements made in 2002 have for the most part persisted due to government support and that some municipalities have created permanent drug treatment services.