Risks to public safety and security (SAS) unit
The formation of this unit recognises the increasing importance of supply and supply reduction data in the EMCDDA’s reporting and analysis. It also benefits from some of the natural synergies that exist with aspects of the work involved in the European early warning system on new psychoactive substances. The unit has a transversal role in coordinating the synthesis of data from different sources to allow the more timely identification and dissemination of information on new trends and potential threats. The unit focuses on supply and supply reduction data, including the issues related to drug-related crime, as well as on the early warning system, risk assessment and other tasks necessary to fulfil the EMCDDA’s obligations with respect to the Council decision on new psychoactive substances.
Mission statement: To analyse and to ensure improved comparability, objectivity and reliability of existing data on supply and supply reduction.
The unit’s principal aims are:
- to provide a central reference point for collecting analysing and reporting on drug supply and supply reduction issues, through the development and implementation of comparable and scientifically rigorous tools and mechanisms;
- to understand better the operation and functioning of drug markets and issues related to drug-related crime;
- to conduct all tasks necessary for the effective operation of the early warning system and risk assessment mechanism on new psychoactive substances and ensure that the EMCDDA fulfils its obligations with respect to the Council decision on new psychoactive substances;
- to coordinate the synthesis of data on new trends and potential threats and thereby facilitate the reporting of new developments in a more timely and effective manner.