Table NSP-7. Number of clients in methadone treatment 2003 and 2004

Country

Clients in methadone treatment in specialised units in 2003 (1)

Clients in other types of methadone treatment in 2003 (2)

Clients in all types of methadone treatment in 2003 (3)

Clients in all types of methadone treatment in 2004 (3) (4)

Ref. re 2004-data

Belgium

1922

154

2076

 

 

Czech Republic

368

 

368

696

(5)

Denmark

4971

0

4971

5129

(6)

Germany

65000

see (8)

65000

48064

(7), (8)

Estonia

60

 

60

253

(9)

Greece

2018

0

2018

2430

 

Spain

88678

 

88678

67006

(10)

France

15000

see (11)

23500

 

 

Ireland

5561

4159

9720

6883

(12)

Italy

79065

 

79065

 

 

Cyprus

0

0

0

0

(13)

Latvia

67

0

67

54

 

Lithuania

332

0

332

436

 

Luxembourg

133

851

984

 

(14)

Hungary

750

0

750

757

(15)

Malta

698

0

698

681

(16)

Netherlands

12000

930

12930

12483

(17)

Austria

 

 

 

 

(23)

Poland

865

0

865

865

(24)

Portugal

9765

 

9765

10438

 

Slovakia

457

0

457

490

 

Slovenia

1909

334

2243

 

 

Finland

170

 

170

230

(18)

Sweden

800

0

800

 

(19)

United Kingdom

128000

 

128000

 

(20)

Bulgaria

380

0

380

670

(21)

Romania

400

0

400

315

(22)

Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

Norway

1947

see (8)

1947

 

 

Notes:

Where data are not available for a country, the table entry is left empty

See also 'General notes for interpreting data' on the Explanatory notes and help page.

Sources:

(1) Selective update of Table 4 of the 2005 annual report, data-sources: standard table on drug-related treatment availability (2004); national reports 2004; drug treatment overviews.

(2) Standard table on drug-related treatment availability, 2004.

(3) Minimum number.

(4) Reitox national reports 2005.

(5) In the Czech Republic, a total of 1043 clients have received substitution treatment in specialised units in 2004.

(6) Number of individuals in long-term methadone substitution treatment at the end of 2004 in Denmark.

(7) On 01/07/2004, a total of 57700 clients are registered in the substitution register in Germany and 83.3 % receive methadone or levomethadone.

(8) Specialised units and other types merged. No separate data available for specialised units.

(9) Number includes all substitution clients between September 2003 and December 2004 in Estonia; number of methadone clients not separately available.

(10) Clients receiving methadone maintenance treatment in specialised units in 13 autonomous communities (remaining data not available).

(11) Among other types, it is estimated that 8500 clients are treated at GPs. Figures for other units: missing.

(12) Number of clients in treatment in Ireland at the end of 2003 (Methadone Prescribing Implementation Committee, 2005).

(13) National Strategy and Action Plan provides for the creation of substitution programmes; MMT planned for Nikosia and Limmassol.

(14) The total number of substitution clients in Luxembourg, including MMT and HDBT, is 1673.

(15) In Hungary, methadone is mainly used in short-term substitution treatment. There are between 320 and 420 clients at any one time.

(16) Estimate for Malta based on total of 1525 clients in treatment in 2004, of which 44.7 % receive methadone substitution treatment.

(17) The data for the Netherlands include only clients in outpatients addiction care.

(18) About one third of estimated total number of 750 substitution clients in Finland.

(19) The 'roof' (maximum number) was raised from 800 to 1200 clients. Resource limitations at the five units do not allow more than a few new patients per year to enter treatment.

(20) Of 163985 treatment episodes in England in 2004/05, 20686 (12.6 %) involved GP prescribing and 60292 involved specialist prescribing (36.8 %) (Best and Abdulrahim 2005). For Scotland alone, Hay et al. (ISD) estimate 19227 methadone clients in 2004.

(21) There are treatment places for 670 methadone patients in the country.

(22) In Romania, 21 % of all clients in treatment received methadone.

(23) In Austria, a total of 6995 clients received substitution treatment in 2004; data on number of methadone clients not separately available.

(24) Data for 2003. Thirteen health care centres (including 3 programmes in remand centres) provided 721 treatment slots and treated 865 patients.

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