Norway - Opioids - Comparative information

High-risk drug use in Norway is linked mainly to injecting amphetamines and opioids, primarily heroin.

Norway - Opioids - Comparative information

High-risk drug use in Norway is linked mainly to injecting amphetamines and opioids, primarily heroin. The estimated number of people who inject drugs (PWID) has stabilised since 2012, following a decline during 2008-12. It was estimated that the population of PWID was around 8 900 people in 2015 (2.6 per 1 000 inhabitants aged 15-64 years). Injecting is very common among marginalised
amphetamine users.



Data from specialised treatment centres in Norway indicate that polydrug users are the main group entering drug treatment; the other main groups are users of cannabis and opioids. The long-term analysis indicates that there has been a decrease in the number of clients seeking treatment as a result of heroin (and opioid) use over recent years. In addition, a substantial proportion of clients entering treatment report more than one problem drug, and opioids are frequently reported in a polydrug context. The proportion of females in treatment varies by primary drug and type of programme.