Bulgaria Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related research

Most drug-related research in Bulgaria focuses on the prevalence and characteristics of drug use among the general population and among subgroups of the population (including those in school, university and prison settings, as well as problem drug users) and on the characteristics of prevention and treatment interventions. Most studies are carried out by, or with the active participation of, the national focal point. The Ministry of Health has also financed drug-related research through the National Anti-Drug Strategy.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.