Cyprus Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related research

The Cypriot national focal point for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction promotes and stimulates further research in the drugs field. Research topics considered a priority are related to the implementation and monitoring of the five key epidemiological indicators. The top research priorities include the estimation of drug use in the general and school populations and of high-risk drug use. Recent drug-related studies focus on, among other topics, the prevalence of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users; drug use, alcohol and other behaviours during army service and in military camps; wastewater analysis; and the social costs of illicit drugs.

The government (through the Cyprus National Addictions Authority) and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation are the main research-funding organisations.

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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.