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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. [EMCDDA] (2018) Monitoring drug use in recreational settings across Europe: conceptual challenges and methodological innovations. Technical report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 42 p. DOI: 10.2810/349958

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This report explores how data on drug use are captured through surveys of targeted populations in recreational settings. The benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings are identified, as are emergent data sources and methodological innovations. The report draws on cutting-edge debates within social research, sociology and critical drug studies to encourage dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies.

Table of contents:
• Executive summary
• Introduction
• The advantages and challenges of general population surveys for monitoring recreational drug use
• What is a drug? Using critical drug studies
• Drug use in recreational settings, or recreational drug use
• Recreational settings
• Targeting populations
• Beyond night-time economy research: other recreational settings of interest for targeted population surveys
• Online surveys of people who use drugs across the EU
• Standardised tools: positives and negatives
• Conclusions: building a better picture of substance use in recreational settings across Europe
• References
• Annex 1: Studies of drug use in recreational settings across European countries


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Cannabis, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Opioid, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:EMCDDA
Date:November 2018
Pages:42 p.
Publisher:Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Recreational drug use
R Research > Research and evaluation method
R Research > Type of research study > Empirical study > Survey > General population survey
VA Geographic area > Europe

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