Monitoring the epidemiological situation concerning illicit drugs and NPS, as well as public attitudes and institutional responses, is an important task for the implementation of the National Health Programme’s operational objective entitled ‘Prevention and problem solving in relation to substance use, behavioural addictions and other risky behaviours’. This also includes financing scientific research in the field of drugs. Coordination of the implementation of the National Health Programme in the area of research and monitoring is carried out by the Polish national focal point in collaboration with the National Bureau for Drug Prevention’s Council for Scientific Research. The National Bureau for Drug Prevention remains the main body that commissions and finances the implementation of research in the field of drugs and drug dependence. Numerous research projects are conducted on the basis of grants awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and by international programmes.
Scientific activity in the field of drugs and drug dependence within the scope of statutory activities is conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, although the national focal point, the NIPH-NIH, universities and research agencies that study on the Polish market also carry out research projects. The studies reported in 2016 mainly include populationbased research and research into demand reduction topics. Research findings are disseminated through scientific journals, websites and national focal point activities, which also include the publication of a newsletter, a dedicated website and participation in conferences.
The studies reported in 2016 mainly include population-based research and research into demand reduction topics