Both the National Plan for the Reduction of Addictive Behaviours and Dependences 2013-20 and SICAD´s Strategic Plan for 2013-16 include the topics of monitoring, research and evaluation of results at the national and international levels, to contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon of addictive behaviours and dependences, and to assess the impact of the measures adopted at national, regional and local levels. This is done on the basis of a global and integrated information system (the National Information System on Psychoactive Substances, Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies). The National Plan also defines research priorities for the same period, which address the harmonisation of data, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, further promotion of knowledge transfer and emerging trends.
Academic research has been carried out across all topic areas, but recent drug-related studies implemented or funded by SICAD mainly focus on population-based studies.
The Portuguese national focal point, SICAD, uses its website and reports, national scientific journals and scientific meetings and seminars as the main dissemination channels for drug-related research findings. A list of scientific production (scientific papers, reports and academic theses) in the areas of illicit drugs, alcohol and addictive behaviours is available on SICAD’s website.
Recent drug-related studies implemented or funded by SICAD mainly focus on aspects related to the prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use and epidemiology.
The National Plan defines research priorities for the period, which address the harmonisation of data, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, further promotion of knowledge transfer and emerging trends