The current national programme includes a chapter on research, evaluation and education, in which priority research areas are listed. These include descriptive studies; interpretive (ethnographic) studies on drug use; studies into the dangers of individual drugs, with a focus on synthetic drugs, methods of drug use and the harm caused by drugs; studies of social experiments, for example, the introduction of new programmes (heroin maintenance programmes, safe injection rooms, etc.); assessment studies of various programmes, approaches and procedures; epidemiological studies; studies to assess the harm to the economy and broader society caused by drug-related issues; and research into the effectiveness of new approaches and active substances in treating drug dependence and other medical conditions and dysfunctions.
The NIPH is one of the agencies involved in drug-related research and also plays an important role in collecting and disseminating research findings at the national level. The main focus of drug-related research is on population surveys, although applied research in the area of treatment and pharmacological research projects are also undertaken.
The main focus of drugrelated research is on population surveys, although applied research in the area of treatment and pharmacological research projects are also undertaken