Polydrug use


The broad definition of ‘polydrug’ used by many Member States is the use of more than one drug or type of drug by an individual — consumed at the same time or sequentially (as defined in the WHO lexicon). In Europe, the concept of polydrug use dates back to the 1970s. In its broadest terms, polydrug use is defined as the use of an illegal drug plus another legal or illegal drug. This Selected issue concludes that the rituals and social controls polydrug users employ to achieve the sought-after effects while simultaneously reducing health risk need to be understood better, as do the clinical issues involved.

Table of contents

  • Polydrug use
  • Health risks
  • Concern about groups at risk
  • Polydrug use interventions
  • Policy issues