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Published: 15 November 2011

Developing indicators on drug markets, crime and supply reduction in Europe

Scaling up the monitoring of illicit drug supply in Europe is a priority of the current EU drug strategy and action plan. Following the publication of a European Commission working paper on improving the collection of data on drug supply in October 2010 (1), the first European conference on drug supply indicators, organised jointly by the European Commission and the EMCDDA, initiated a process to develop indicators for monitoring drug supply in Europe (2).

The overall conceptual framework to monitor illicit drug supply in Europe will integrate three components: drug markets, drug-related crime and drug supply reduction. Three working groups, supported by the EMCDDA, will produce a roadmap for these areas in 2011, focusing on short-, medium- and long-term monitoring objectives. Attention will be paid to the potential for standardisation, extension and improvement of existing data collection systems in each of these areas, and targeted research will be carried out.

In the area of drug markets, future activities will focus on the improvement of drug price and purity datasets, and on the potential of forensic science data. The development of a European standard monitoring instrument on drug law offences and of indicators on intra-European drug production will be key in the drug-related crime area, together with defining priorities for research. Policing and criminal justice agencies will play a central role in monitoring drug supply reduction. Work in this under- researched area will start with a mapping exercise to provide an overview of drug supply reduction activities in Europe. The existence, role and practices of specialised drug law enforcement units will be a starting point, with a survey launched by the EMCDDA in 2011.

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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU's decentralised agencies. Read more >>

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