Finland first placed an emphasis on drug-related research in the 1990s, as experimentation and use of drugs and their related harms were increasing. In the last 10 years, drug-related research has evolved from taking a global approach and setting up the basic indicators for monitoring the drug situation to detailed research based on the development of the drug situation.
The current policy guidelines include a section on information collection and research. The leading actors in this area include the THL, the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy (Krimo) and several university departments. The state budget and the Academy of Finland are the main funding sources of drug- related research. The Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC), based in Helsinki, also plays an important role in promoting and supporting research cooperation among Nordic countries.
The main channels for disseminating research findings are the THL publication series, the domestic and foreign scientific journals that publish drug-related research and internet portals.
Many recent drug-related studies have been based on population-based surveys on responses to and the consequences of drug use, including toxicological analysis, particularly post-mortem toxicology.
Recent drug-related research has been based on population-based studies on responses to and the consequences of drug use, including toxicological analysis, particularly post-mortem toxicology