Germany Country Drug Report 2017

Drug-related research

In Germany, drug-related research covers the entire range of basic and applied research. A number of German academic research centres can apply for funding through tendered projects or receive basic funds. The exchange of information in the research community is organised by researchers themselves, in networks or through professional associations; this takes place primarily through research conferences and specialised scientific journals. Initiatives and activities that reduce drug use, dependency, addictive behaviours or drug- related consequences are translated into clinical guidelines and transferred for nationwide implementation.

The promotion of research is also one of the cornerstones of the National Strategy on Drug and Addiction Policy. Addiction research in Germany encompasses epidemiological as well as biological, psychological, social and legal aspects and combines diverse scientific traditions, ranging from basic research to research on care for drug users. The national strategy highlights the importance of practice-related research to increase the effectiveness of drug and addiction policy and initiatives through evidence-based and evaluated measures. The implementation of either substance-specific studies or studies encompassing all substances, when carried out jointly with treatment and care facilities, helps to develop new counselling and treatment concepts that fit in with the daily practice of addiction care professionals. The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) increasingly supports model projects and studies that examine and test new prevention and treatment approaches for all substances and for specific target groups. In recent years, the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration has been widely discussed to ensure better and more effective cooperation.

The BMG continues to fund several projects that focus on amphetamines (mainly methamphetamine) users, while recent priorities include programmes in the field of NPS, on substance use among refugees, a scientific appraisal of the potential and risks of cannabis use, strengthening of (online) self-help activities and the promotion of the use of modern media in addiction prevention.

In 2015, the German Society for Addiction Research and Treatment (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Suchtforschung und Suchttherapie (DG-Sucht)), the DGS and the German Association for Addiction Psychology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Suchtpsychologie, DG-SPS) founded an umbrella organisation for addiction associations (Dachverband der Suchtgesellschaften (DSG)), which, among others, should further consolidate the activities in the fields of prevention, research and treatment.

In 2015, an umbrella organisation for addiction associations (Dachverband der Suchtgesellschaften (DSG)), was established, which aims to further consolidate activities in the fields of prevention, research and treatment

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