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Sobering-up stations

Sobering-up stations are specialized medical facilities intended for short-term stays and detoxication in case of acute intoxication by alcohol or other psychoactive substances. They are a special type of facility, on the borderland between out-patient and in-patient care. An intoxicated person is placed in a sobering-up station usually involuntarily and is released only by the decision of a physician. He or she is obliged to pay a financial amount for the stay at the sobering-up station, determined by the station.

The legal framework for the functioning of sobering-up stations is enshrined in the Act no. 379/2005 Coll., on measures aimed at protection against harm caused by tobacco products, alcohol and other addictive substances. In terms of regime conditions of the stay at a sobering-up station and rules for the providing of health care general rules enshrined in the Act no. 372/2011 Coll., on health services, are applied.

Visits and activities in 2013

Visited sobering-up stations

Map of already visited sobering-up stations


 Report from Systematic Visits to Sobering-up Stations - Summary (2014) (180.8 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

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