The Estonian Drug Treatment Database is a state register which is kept on the people who have started drug treatment.
Collection and processing of data on these people is necessary for getting an overview on occurrence of mental and behavioural disorders related to drug use, as well as for organising of relevant health services and planning of drug abuse preventive actions.
Health care institutions holding a psychiatry authorization in Estonia present data to the database if they are turned to by a patient who is diagnosed with a mental and behavioural disorder due to drug use.
The Drug Treatment Database started its work on January 1, 2008.
Issuing and publishing of data
On the basis of the database's data, an annual overview is compiled, giving information about drug addicts who have turned to drug treatment in the previous calendar year, about the health service provided, the patients' socio-economic background, drug use and the related risk behaviour.
The data on the Drug Treatment Database are also submitted to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).