One of the objectives of the current National Anti-Drug Strategy is to promote scientific research as the fundamental basis for defining and developing responses in the drugs field. The National Anti-Drug Agency implements this objective by supporting concrete studies, under the guidance of its Scientific Council. This body has an advisory role in the development of scientific activity and brings together researchers from medicine, toxicology, sociology, psychology, criminology and legal science. The National Programme for Prevention and Medical, Psychological and Social Care for Drug Users (2015-18) contains a sub-programme on research in the drugs field.
The National Authority of Scientific Research finances research projects in both governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations. Recent drug-related studies have focused on the prevalence and consequences of drug use. Findings have been disseminated through websites and national scientific journals.