Research is one of the sections of the National Drugs Policy, which recognises the need for adequate monitoring, collection and dissemination of information, as well as the periodical evaluation of policy interventions and ongoing research and training.
The Advisory Board on Drugs and Addiction is responsible for all drug-related issues. The national focal point for drugs and drug addiction is in charge of gathering the necessary information to support drug policy and for monitoring the drug situation and responses. Both the government and university departments play an important role in undertaking research, which is mainly funded by the public sector. Drug-related research findings are disseminated by the national focal point through regular meetings with partners, direct mailing to the interested parties, through the media and by consulting the national focal point website. Drug-related studies focus primarily on prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use.