• EN

Summary report from EMCDDA Trendspotter meeting 18–19 October 2011

EMCDDA, Lisbon, November 2011

Publication type:

Technical reports


The first EMCDDA Trendspotter meeting, on Recent shocks in the European heroin market: explanations and ramifications, took place in Lisbon on 18–19 October 2011. The purpose of the meeting was to increase understanding of the 2010/2011 heroin shortage reported by some European countries and to explore issues of drug replacement. Sixteen experts from 14 European countries presented their experiences of recent trends in heroin availability and use and the replacement of heroin by other illicit drugs or medicines, providing insights from different disciplinary perspectives.

Download as pdf ():

English (en)

Table of contents

  • Background
  • Divergent situations
  • Replacements — filling the vacuum
  • Wider impact of heroin shortages
  • Possible explanatory factors
  • Dearth of ‘real-time’ information
  • Conclusions





About the EMCDDA

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 >>

Contact us

Praça Europa 1, Cais do Sodré
1249-289 Lisbon
Tel. (351) 211 21 02 00

More contact options >>

Page last updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2011