NPS (legal highs, research chemicals,…) have become a global phenomenon affecting all regions in the world (UNODC, 2016; EMCDDA, 2016). The rapidly changing drug market especially on NPS, may pose health and social risks to the communities. Because of the lack of knowledge on the diversified group of NPS, more research is needed to identify pathways for targeted interventions. In current research proposal we will no longer focus on NPS epidemiology since the Global Drug Survey, users reports of the existing services (eg. Needle exchange programs, peer support organisations,…), the Early Warning System (EWS) and other data have already the best access to these groups. Although collecting more epidemiological data is not the main focus, we will of course start with a secondary analysis of all available data sources on NPS in Belgium. Current research proposal will further elaborate on the ‘answers’ that could be given by the different professional actors in contact with NPS – users. The findings of the NPS-care study should contribute to formulate recommendations regarding the organization and provision of interventions targeting NPS along the continuum of care, from prevention, over harm reduction to treatment.
Dit project is afgelopen. Het Engelstalige rapport, de samenvatting en beleidsaanbevelingen (in Ndl, Eng, Fr) kunnen opgevraagd worden bij Tina.VanHavere@hogent.be
Anton Van Dijck
15/12/2016 - 15/09/2019
Federal Research Programme Drugs
Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Recht en Criminologie
Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor Volksgezondheid
Free Clinic vzw