Best practice portal
The Best practice portal is designed to help you find practical and reliable information on what works (and what doesn’t) in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration. It will help you identify tried and tested interventions quickly, ensure that you allocate resources to only those that are effective, while at the same time helping you to improve interventions by applying tools, standards and guidelines.
Our evidence database provides you with access to all of the latest research and evidence on drug-related interventions.
Below you can find a number of resources aimed at those planning or implementing interventions.
The European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) is a prevention training that aims to boost the application and uptake of effective modern prevention approaches in Europe.
Xchange prevention registry
The Xchange prevention registry is an online registry of evidence-based prevention programmes.
Healthy Nightlife Toolbox
The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox collects and provides information on good-practice interventions targeting drug and alcohol use and related problems among young people in nightlife settings.
The Evaluation Instruments Bank (EIB) is an online archive of freely available instruments for evaluating drug-related interventions.*
* Please note that EIB is a legacy product and no longer actively updated by the EMCDDA.
Health and social responses miniguides
Each of these policy and practice briefings is designed as a one-stop-shop for anyone planning or delivering health and social responses to drug problems in Europe. Each briefing consists of: a summary of the main issues; the main response options; key implications for policy and practice and links to further resources.
These briefings are summarised versions of information in the publication Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide. Some of the information, particularly regarding data and the EU picture, may no longer be up-to-date.
Types or patterns of substance use
- Cannabis use
- Opioid dependence
- Opioid-related deaths
- Injection-related infectious diseases
- Stimulant use
- New psychoactive substances (NPS)
- Misuse of medicines
- Polydrug use
Needs of particular groups
Responding in particular settings
Standards and guidelines
Guidelines and standards are popular instruments to promote quality and implement evidence-based recommendations. From here you can explore the EMCDDA’s inventory of European and International standards and guidelines.