The National Centre of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ) has decided to stop admitting youth under 18 years of age for addiction treatment at Vogur hospital, RÚV reports. SÁÁ said in a statement it is clear minors require separate facilities from adults in rehab, which is not possible to provide at Vogur.
The decision follows a recent case where a patient around 60 years of age is suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old patient. “This is in the wake of the discussion which has followed and it is not news that children shouldn’t be placed in housing with adults in rehabilitation. We have of course treated this group carefully and done a lot to support it. But it’s not acceptable if it isn’t working. Then we will definitely work to find another solution,” said Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, Chief Medical Director and Co-ordinator of Treatment at Vogur.
SÁÁ said in their statement that one case of a child suffering harm within the hospital is too many, and with this decision hopes to shoulder responsibility for the incident.
Valgerður says Vogur will continue to provide treatment to youth until alternative services are established. She hopes the decision will improve treatment services for young people struggling with addiction.