Much attention is focused on the many new drugs emerging alongside the apparent decline in the use of established substances, such as heroin. In this globalised, inter-connected world the situation can change rapidly, problems can metamorphose and new challenges emerge. To keep pace with change it is important to make use of all available data to monitor and predict new trends.
Indicators relating to the production and supply of illicit drugs are less well developed than those relating to demand and their reliability and interpretation is sometimes contested. However, analysis of such data that respects its limitations and integrates it with other data sources can be of considerable help in understanding trends and identifying possible future problems.
This poster was created for the Lisbon Addictions Conference 2015.