Czechia Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related research

The National Drug Policy Strategy 2010-18 and the latest action plan emphasise the role of research, evidence and evaluation. In addition, in 2014, the first strategy for addiction science and research for 2014-20 was formulated by professionals and the research community. An evidence-based approach is currently applied in the certification process of addiction services, as well as in the decisions to develop old, and open new, services.

Several public administration bodies and grant agencies fund drug-related research in Czechia, which is mainly implemented by academic centres. The National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction facilitates collaboration and exchange of information among research institutions, service providers and public administration bodies. It coordinates the National Drug Information System and leads the National Action Plan on the Drug Information System, which stipulates the priorities and main activities in monitoring, including research.

National scientific journals are also an important dissemination channel for drug-related research findings. In 2018, the most prominent national journal, Adiktologie, was divided into two periodicals: one is a scientific open-access international publication published in English, and the other remains focused on clinical and implementational orientation in preventive and treatment practices, and is geared to a domestic audience.

The Department of Addictology was established in 2012 as a scientific and clinical workplace at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, and the General Faculty Hospital, Prague. In 2016, the Government Council for Drug Policy Coordination increased the budget for drug policy projects substantially, which allowed new projects, including research projects, to be supported. Research covers a vast array of topics relevant for the analysis of the illicit drug phenomenon. In 2017, the government continued investing in research, financing, for example, projects to estimate the costs of different types of addiction services.

The Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction publishes an annual report on the drug situation in Czechia, which summarises the available data on drug use and its consequences.

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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.