Drug-related research in Czech Republic 2017

Czech Republic Country Drug Report 2017

Drug-related research

The National Drug Policy Strategy 2010-18 emphasises the role of research, evidence and evaluation of the measures taken in the drug policy field in the Czech Republic. The Action Plan 2013-15 underlines the principle of integrating licit and illicit substances into one policy, and support for drug research is mentioned explicitly as one of the tasks.

Several public administration bodies and grant agencies fund drug-related research, which is mainly implemented by academic centres. The National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addictions facilitates collaboration and exchange of information among research institutions, service providers and public administration bodies. It coordinates the National Drug Information System and leads the National Action Plan on Drug Information System, which stipulates the priorities and main activities in monitoring, including research. In 2014, the first strategy for addiction science and research for 2014-20 was formulated by the professional and research community in the Czech Republic. In 2012, the Department of Addictology was established as a scientific and clinical workplace of the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and General Faculty Hospital in Prague, combining the Centre for Addictology of the Psychiatric Clinic, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and General Faculty Hospital in Prague (established in 2005), and the Unit for Addiction Treatment of the General Faculty Hospital in Prague. This department represents a unique merger of two separate workplaces where members of both clinical and paramedical professions are involved in the recently established field of addictology. In 2015, the National Institute for Mental Health was established, with a programme of Epidemiological and Clinical Research in Addiction (EPCLIRA).

The National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addictions of the Czech Republic publishes an annual report on the drug situation in the Czech Republic, which summarises available data about drug use and its consequences. National scientific journals are also an important dissemination channel for drug-related research findings.

In 2014, the first strategy for addiction science and research for 2014-20 was formulated and, in 2015, the National Institute for Mental Health was established with a programme of Epidemiological and Clinical Research in Addiction


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