Girl in a jacket Netherlands

Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Narconon Zütphen, Zütphen

Specialities:

The residential drug treatment centre in Zütphen uses educational lectures and substance abuse treatment protocols to help addicts recover successfully.

Contact/Address:

Deventerweg 93
7203 AD Zutphen,
Holland

Tel:(31) 575542362
Email:nnzutphen@lycos.com
Website:www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/centers/narconon-zutphen-holland.html

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Health Care Inspectorate

Contact/Address:

Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg 52
2595 AN Den Haag
The Netherlands
Tel:31 70 304 1500

Email:w.best@igz.nl
Website: www.igz.nl/english/

The Health Care Inspectorate advises ministers and relevant bodies in the Netherlands with regard to drug enforcement and strategy as well as other health issues. Whilst it is an independent body, it can take measures if necessary to ensure compliance with Dutch law. Ordinarily this will be in an advisory capacity, although the Health Care Inspectorate can instigate criminal proceedings if appropriate.

The body is mainly concerned with the conduct of the medical and care professions in the Netherlands, however given the country’s partial decriminalisation of certain drugs, drug enforcement and regulation falls under its remit. Where infringements of the law have taken place, the Dutch police will generally be responsible for taking action against those who have committed offences.

Marijuana is decriminalised in the Netherlands in certain places under certain circumstances, and so the it is the duty of the Health Care Inspectorate to ensure that the law is complied with.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Dutch National Drug Policy

Type:

Preventive

Published Authority:

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

Date:

Internet link:

Publisher website:

www.igz.nl/

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Opium Act 2002

Published Authority:

Dutch Parliament

Date:

July 13, 2002

Internet link:

www.cannabisbureau.nl/en/doc/pdf/Dutch%20Opium_Act_30556.pdf

Publisher website:

www.houseofrepresentatives.nl/

Name:

Medicine Act

Published Authority:

Dutch Parliament

Date:

Internet link:

Publisher website:

www.houseofrepresentatives.nl/

Facts and stats

  • According to a 2009 survey of visitors to a Dutch coffee shop where marijuana was available, 94% of those asked admitted to having used marijuana during the previous month, with 75% admitting to using it on a daily basis, with an average intake of around 4 joints per day.
  • In 2007 there were 99 drug-related deaths recorded. This figure was lower than that of previous years. Of the recorded deaths, 79.3% were male, with an average age of 39.5 years.
  • The sale of marijuana in the Netherlands is technically illegal, although it is tolerated in some coffee shops with strict regulation. This includes no advertising, no selling to under 18s and not causing a disturbance to the public. Depending on the location, there may also be further restrictions such as those based on proximity to borders or schools, as well as strict limits on the amount of the drug allowed on the premise, or sold in a single transaction.
  • In 2005 there were more than 700 such coffee shops tolerated by the Dutch authorities, although this figure is rapidly decreasing, and some districts already operate a zero tolerance approach.
  • The Netherlands has the lowest drug-related death rate in Europe, and its overall levels of drug use are no greater than that of other countries.
  • The Dutch drug prevention model emphasises treatment and rehabilitation rather than repression, although the elimination of drug trafficking remains a high priority for Dutch law enforcement agencies.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC)

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

Bezuidenhoutseweg 331
2594 AR The Hague
Tel: + 31 (0)70 - 392 6700

Email: office@nhc.nl
Website: www.nhc.nl/en/home/

Whilst the NHC is primarily concerned with human rights, it can advise on drug policy, and seeks to assess and reinforce the activities of both governmental and non-governmental organisations.