Drug research in the Netherlands is extensive and covers many domains. Public funding of drug-related research is, to a large extent, delegated to intermediary agencies, although ministries and municipalities also directly fund a considerable number of research projects. Many academic institutions are involved in drug research, sometimes in collaboration with researchers from institutes for addiction e care. A national conference has been organised annually for drug researchers to stay informed about recent developments (Forum Alcohol and Drugs Research).
The number of publications in national and international scientific journals is extensive. The development and implementation of multidisciplinary evidence-based guidelines, protocols and training materials are the most important channels for disseminating drug-related research findings from the scientific community to practitioners and decision-makers. Reports on research findings are disseminated through, for example, the websites of the Trimbos Institute (www.trimbos.nl) and Foundation Scoring Results (www.resultatenscoren.nl). Recent drug-related studies mainly focus on aspects related to the consequences of drug use, responses to the drug situation and prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use. Studies on the mechanisms of drug use and their effects, methodology issues, and supply and markets were also mentioned.
Research with regard to nuisance and crime is funded both by municipalities and on a national scale. The Ministry of Security and Justice — especially the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry (WODC) — is an important player in funding research that is carried out by diverse research institutes and universities. It also conducts its own research (such as monitoring of organised crime and criminal recidivism of offenders). Reports either carried out or funded by the WODC (http://www.wodc.nl) are made public and contain a summary in English.
Public funding of drugrelated research is, to a large extent, delegated to intermediary agencies, although ministries and municipalities also directly fund a considerable number of research projects