Romania Country Drug Report 2019

Drug-related research

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.

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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.