In Norway, drug-related research covers drugs, alcohol, tobacco and, to a certain extent, gambling and performance-enhancing drugs. The drugs and alcohol field is a priority of the government’s investment in research and falls within the objectives of improving quality and developing skills in the alcohol and drugs field. The action plan for the alcohol and drug field (2016-20) defines a strategy for developing drug-related research and sets a concrete budget to implement it. In general, the government assesses the need to increase knowledge about the effectiveness of the interventions and treatment that are offered to people with drug dependencies. Additionally, the government has launched diverse Research Council programmes to increase research on substance use and related problems.
Recent studies include population-based and clinical epidemiology research, and basic biological, neurobiological, behavioural, social scientific and drug policy research. The main sources of funding for these research activities are government departments, partly through the Research Council of Norway and partly through the Directorate of Health. Studies are mainly conducted by the Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, as well as university departments and privately funded research institutes. Research findings are disseminated in websites and through scientific and non-scientific (national and international) journals.