Scientific research and the development of information systems and training on research are two priorities within the Lithuanian National Programme on Drug Control and Prevention of Drug Addiction 2010-16.
In Lithuania, research is mainly funded by relevant ministries and public authorities and is carried out by universities, other scientific/academic institutions or by independent scientists. The Department of Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control, which was nominated as the Lithuanian national focal point to the EMCDDA, is one of the government institutions active in monitoring the drug situation. This department also organises various studies and surveys on drugs. Such studies are mainly intended to collect national epidemiological data following the EMCDDA recommendations for five epidemiological indicators.
In addition, studies in the drug field are conducted by several government, academic and non-governmental organisations. Research results are disseminated through an annual national report on the drug situation, and institutions’ websites and are published in national scientific journals. Typically, publications in these journals are in Lithuanian (full text), with the article abstract available in English. Recent studies have focused on drug use at the population level, demand reduction topics and behavioural analysis.
Recent studies have focused on drug use at the population level, demand reduction topics and behavioural analysis