Policy and practice briefings: Tackling opioid dependence


Although the prevalence of opioid dependence among European adults is low and varies considerably between countries, it is associated with a disproportionate amount of drug-related harm that includes infectious diseases and other health problems, mortality, unemployment, crime, homelessness and social exclusion. Heroin use remains a major concern but in many European countries the use of synthetic opioids has also been growing and in a few countries now predominates. This policy and practice briefing provides an overview of the key issues, response options, evidence and implications for policy and practice.