One of the objectives of the current National Anti-Drug Strategy is to promote scientific research as the fundamental basis for defining and developing response measures in the drug field. The 2012-16 National Action Plan set out actions to implement this objective by developing studies for different categories of the population (general population, schoolchildren, young people and vulnerable groups) and by developing regional and local studies. This was mainly done on the basis of the methodologies developed by the NAA, under the guidance of its Scientific Committee.
Following a proposal from the NAA, a National Programme for Prevention and Medical, Psychological and Social Care for Drug Users (2015-18) was approved by the Romanian Government. This document also contains a sub-programme addressing research in the drug field; a specific objective of the National Programme for prevention and medical, psychological and social care for drug users (2015-18) is to promote scientific research as the core element for defining and developing responses to the drug phenomenon, proposing the implementation of studies and research at national, regional and local levels and targeting different population groups including the population of drug users.
In Romania, drug-related research is mainly conducted by public bodies and NGOs. The National Authority of Scientific Research finances research projects in governmental institutions and NGOs through the Excellence Research Programme. Institutional bodies and NGOs may also benefit from external funds, for example from the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Open Society Institute, UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Recent drug-related studies have mainly focused on aspects related to prevalence and the consequences of drug use and the findings are disseminated through websites and national scientific journals.
A specific objective of the National Programme for prevention and medical, psychological and social care for drug users (2015-18) is to promote scientific research as the core element for defining and developing responses to the drug phenomenon