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For a short overview of drug-related research in Estonia, visit the Country overviews. For a more comprehensive overview of drug-related research in the European countries, download our Selected issue on drug-related research. The Estonian National reports are available here.

Main research institutions

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Main funding institutions

The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for the national funding of research. The Estonian Science Foundation also provides grants for studies. The Global Fund Programme in Estonia, implemented by the National Institute for Health Development, allocated funds for different drug-related studies from 2003 to 2007. Various EU research funds have also contributed to the provision of funds for relevant studies and research.

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National scientific journals

No national drug research journals are published in Estonia.

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Other websites

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Recent studies used for the 2012 National report

The following studies were amongst those used for the 2012 Estonian National report and could be seen as among the most relevant, recent studies in Estonia. Most of the bibliographic references can be found in the next section of this page.

  • School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) (Hibell et al., 2012)
  • Comparison of the risk behaviour and spread of HIV among drug users with and without prison experience (Salekešin, M., 2012).
  • Emergent properties of HIV risk among injection drug users in Tallinn (Uusküla, A., et al., 2010)
  • Prevalence of HIV infection, hepatitis and risk behaviour among injecting drug users in Narva (Lõhmus, Let al., 2011)
  • HIV infection and risk behaviour of primary fentanyl and amphetamine injectors in Tallinn (Talu, A., et al., 2010)
  • Fatal poisoning in Estonia 2000-2009 (Tuusov, J., et al., 2012).
  • The impact of changing classifications on official fatal poisoning figures (Denissov G., et al., 2012)
  • Mapping of health care and support services for adult drug addicts (National Institute for Health Development, 2012)

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2012 National report bibliography (2010 to 2012 references only)

Denissov G., Tuusov J., Mailis Tõnisson M., Lepik D., Väli M. (2012). The impact of changing classifications on official fatal poisoning figures. Rom J Leg Med, 20, 197-202

ESPAD Report 2011. Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among Students in 35 European Countries.

Ministry of Justice. (2012). Crime in Estonia 2011. Ministry of Justice Criminal policy studies 16. Tallinn 2, pp. 124-126.

Lõhmus, L., Abel-Ollo, K., Talu, A. (2011). Prevalence of HIV infection, hepatitis and risk behaviour among injecting drug users in Narva. 2010. National Institute for Health Development.

National HIV and AIDS Strategy report of the year 2010

National HIV and AIDS Strategy report of the year 2011

National Strategy for Prevention of Drug Addiction until 2012 report of the year 2010

National Strategy for Prevention of Drug Addiction until 2012 report of the year 2011

National Tuberculosis Prevention Programme for 2008 – 2012 report of the year 2011

Salekešin, M. (2012). Comparison of the risk behaviour and spread of HIV among drug users with and without prison experience. University of Tartu.

Tallinn University, Institute of International and Social Studies, National Institute for Health Development. (2012). Drug use among school youth: Use of legal and illegal drugs by 15-16-year-old students in Estonia. Tallinn.

Talu, A., Rajaleid, K., Abel-Ollo, K., Rüütel, K., Rahu, M., Rhodes, T., Platt, L., Bobrova, N., Uusküla, A. (2010). HIV infection and risk behaviour of primary fentanyl and amphetamine injectors in Tallinn, Estonia: Implications for intervention. International Journal of Drug Policy, 21(1), 56–63.

Health Board. (2012). Communicable Diseases in Estonia. Part 15. Tallinn

National Institute for Health Development. (2012). Mapping of health care and support services for adult drug addicts. Tallinn

Tuusov, J., Vals, K., Tõnnisson, M., Denissov, G., Väli, M. (2012). Fatal Poisoning in Estonia 2000-2009. Trends in illegal drug-related deaths. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 1-6.

Uusküla, A., McMahon, J. M., Raag, M., Silm, S., Rüütel, K., Talu, A., Abel-Ollo, K., Ahas, R., Des Jarlais, D. C. (2010). Emergent properties of HIV risk among injection drug users in Tallinn, Estonia: synthesis of individual and neighbourhood-level factors. Sex Transm Infect, 86, 79–84.

Vorobjov, Sigrid "Drug use, related risk behaviour and harm reduction interventions utilization among injecting drug users in Estonia: implications for drug policy". PhD thesis, including the following articles recently published:

Vorobjov S, Des Jarlais DC, Abel-Ollo K, Talu A, Rüütel K, Uusküla A. (2013). Socio-demographic factors, health risks and harms associated with early initiation of injection among people who inject drugs in Tallinn, Estonia: evidence from cross-sectional surveys. Int J Drug Policy 2013;24:150-5.

Vorobjov S, Uusküla A, Des Jarlais DC, Abel-Ollo K, Talu A, Rüütel K. (2012). Multiple routes of drug administration and HIV risk among injecting drug users. J Subst Abuse Treat 2012;42:413-20.

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