Drug consumption rooms in Rotterdam: An explorative description

A van der Poel*, C Barendregt, D van de Mheen

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The Rotterdam Drug Monitoring System used survey data, fieldnotes and interviews with staff to investigate the functioning of four (out of six) consumption rooms in Rotterdam. The results show that for most drug users, access to the drug consumption room results in less frequent drug use in public places and more time and rest. Pass holders value being able to use drugs safely inside, and make use of the additional services provided, such as refreshments, washing/showering facilities and talking with others about their personal problems. Two 'weak points' reported by the drug users are discussed in relation to their personal health situation and public nuisance reduction. Copyright (C) 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-100
JournalEuropean Addiction Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • drug consumption rooms
  • the Netherlands
  • public nuisance
  • health situation
  • drug use


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