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World Health Organization. (2000) Guide to drug abuse epidemiology. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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This Guide to Drug Abuse Epidemiology is the product of a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and substance use epidemiology and other experts from more than twenty countries. It has been produced in response to the need for valid, reliable and timely information on the prevalence, trends, and patterns of drug use related problems. This information is needed for planning, implementing and evaluating, effective prevention, treatment, policy response and other interventions for substance use related problems.

Since the 1980s there have been major changes in trends and patterns of drug use including: global increases in the production and use of drugs; new forms of old drugs (eg. smokeable Acrack@ cocaine); changes in way drugs are taken (eg. transitions from opium smoking to heroin injection); and the introduction and proliferation of new drugs (eg. MDMA Aecstasy@ and other amphetamine-type stimulants). Of particular importance is the fact that drug injection has become a major transmission route for HIV.

These changes have presented new challenges to public health. These challenges are being met by scientific advances in drug abuse epidemiology, including: improved techniques to assess the extent of drug related behaviours and problems; and the introduction and development of methods which aim to understand drug using behaviours as much as measure them.

This Guide seeks to provide technical guidance to countries and communities in all aspects of drug abuse epidemiology in order to address emerging and changing problems associated with drug use. The Guide provides practical guidance on internationally comparable, yet locally appropriate and culturally adaptable measures and methods. The Guide is designed to be suitable for countries and communities at all levels of health development, including those with limited resources and experience in drug abuse epidemiology.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Education and training
Call No
432 p.
World Health Organization
Corporate Creators
World Health Organization
Place of Publication
Contains bibliographic references, figures and tables.
Accession Number
HRB 2439 (Available)

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