The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) have released their latest technical report “Monitoring Drug Use in Recreational Settings across Europe: Conceptual Challenges and Methodological Innovations”.
The report explores the benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings. Using the most up-to-date theoretical and experimental advancements within the field of contemporary drug research, the publication seeks to open up a dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies.
As well as analysing data collection methods and tools with a particular focus on the benefits of target population surveys, the report addresses the complex issue of determining a universal definition of ‘drugs’ and ‘recreational settings’.
The report aims to encourage discussion around the definition, conceptualisation, collection and use of data on substance use, in recreational settings across Europe.