Drug-related research in Denmark is funded mainly by government grants and can be characterised as applied research. It is often based on the evaluation of public services and is commissioned mainly by ministries and undertaken by academic centres and government institutes. Healthcare planning and the setting of priorities are also primary concerns in this area, and surveys are therefore often initiated and partly funded by the national focal point at the Danish Health Authority. Dissemination of results takes place through a wide variety of channels, including reports, websites, conferences and thematic days. The Danish Health Authority has formulated a number of research-based principles on which schools should base their drug prevention interventions (prevention package). Recent drug-related studies have focused mainly on aspects related to population-based (including ethnographic) studies and on responses to the drug situation; however, other topics, such as supply and markets and drug policy, have also been investigated.