The latest opinion poll shows that a clear majority of Danes on both sides of
the political spectrum, support the idea of providing legal drug injection
cabins for addicts.
According to the Gallup poll for Berlingske Tidende more than 70% of Danes
support the idea. A similar proposal in April was thrown out by a majority
composed of the Liberal, Conservative, Danish People’s and Liberal Alliance
“We cannot simply let addicts die from overdoses and addiction, when we know
that cabins save lives,” says Social Democratic Health Spokeswoman Sophie
Hæstorp Andersen. The Socialist People’s Party also supports the idea.
In 2008, 239 Danish addicts died of an overdose. In 2009 an EU survey seemed
to show Denmark with one of the highest narcotics mortality rates in Europe.
The Gallup poll showed that the main support for injection cabins was among
opposition voters, but even among the government and Danish People’s Party
voters, some 60-65 percent said they were in favour.
According to the report in Berlingske Tidende, the Danish People’s Party is
still opposed to the idea, and Home Affairs and Health Minister Bertel
Haarder (Lib) says in an email to the newspaper that the government does not
intend to change its narcotics policy.