Malta Country Drug Report 2017

Drug-related research

Research is one of the sections of the current national drug policy. The policy recognises the need for adequate monitoring, collection and dissemination of information, periodical evaluation of policy measures and ongoing research and training. The Advisory Board on Drugs and Addiction is responsible for all drug-related issues. The national focal point for drugs and drug addiction is responsible for gathering the necessary information to support the policy cycle and for monitoring the drug situation and the responses. Both government and university departments play an important role in undertaking research, which is mainly funded by the state budget. Drug-related research findings are then disseminated by the national focal point through regular meetings with its network of partners, direct mailing to interested parties, through the media and on the national focal point website. Drug-related studies focus primarily on prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use.

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