Malta Country Drug Report 2018

Drug-related research

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.

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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.