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Published: 15 November 2011

Priorities for future research: EMCDDA Scientific Committee recommendations

As a contribution to the ongoing debate on European priorities on research in the drugs field, the Scientific Committee drew up a set of recommendations covering five key areas.

Interventions: the focus should be on the effectiveness of treatment interventions, the impact of early interventions and the impact on affected family members.

Policy analysis: more research is needed on how national and European policies are shaped, decided upon and implemented, but also on their evaluation, including comparisons of outcomes in different countries.

Illicit drug supply: more attention needs to be paid to the improvement of indicators to study the dynamics of the market.

Epidemiological research: a series of longitudinal cohort studies is recommended in order to help understand the long-term course of differing patterns of substance use, and improved methods for estimating the size of the drug-using population are still required.

Basic research on aetiology and course of drug use: research in this area has the potential to improve both diagnostics and therapeutic outcomes.

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