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Analysis of needs and services in support of persons dependent on illicit drugs and alcohol in the canton of Fribourg

The Canton of Fribourg asked for a qualitative and quantitative study giving a vision as accurate as possible of the situation of people addicted to alcohol and illegal drugs, in order to be able to best meet the objectives that have been assigned by law. This mandate given to the Institute of geography had two main objectives: - Analysis of the needs of the population dependent on illicit drugs and alcohol in the canton of Fribourg; - Analysis of the social benefits for these persons in the canton of Fribourg. ? To address this exploratory research, researchers have used three complementary methods: - A literature review; - A qualitative approach, based on extensive interviews; - A quantitative approach, intended to account for demographic characteristics, health, social, economic situations of the recipients as well as the specifics of their legal status, their non-prescribed drug use and the scope of their management.

Research fields Urban studies
Politiques urbaines
Ville et lien social
Keywords Sustainable urbanism
Institutional management
Funding Canton Fribourg
Duration July 2009 - Juin 2011
Researchers Da Cunha Antonio (Head of research)
Mager Christophe (Research Associate)
Schmid Olivier (Research Associate)


Da Cunha, A., Mager, C. and Schmid, O. (2008). La Quadrature du cube : analyse des besoins et des prestations en matière de prise en charge des personnes dépendantes aux drogues illégales et à l'alcool dans le canton de Fribourg. Rapport de recherche. Fribourg: Service du médecin cantonal. Info