Greece Country Drug Report 2018

Drug-related research

The draft national drug strategy encourages a scientific approach to the drugs problem through monitoring, evaluation and research. The national strategy and the action plan on drugs, however, were never formally endorsed and the research priorities were not realised. Several government sources provide funding for research, mainly to university departments and to a major treatment centre that is active in the research field. National funding for research has been scarce in Greece in recent years but the results of two major research projects on drug use prevalence were published in 2015. Most of the research that has been conducted to date is epidemiological, but clinical research on treatment, among other types of research, is also carried out. Each year, the national focal point for the EMCDDA collects information about all the drug- and alcohol-related scientific papers by Greek authors published either in Greece or abroad and publishes the Greek bibliography on drugs and alcohol. A paper on the response to the 2012-13 HIV/AIDS epidemic in Greece was published in 2015, within the framework of the Aristotle project, and was one of the winners of the 2016 EMCDDA scientific awards.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.