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This database contains information gathered in the course of the ERANID project during 2013 and 2014. Principally, it contains details of research projects on illicit drugs carried out since 2010 within the six ERANID countries and funded by the European Committee: Belgium; France; Italy; Portugal; The Netherlands; and the United Kingdom. However, this database will not capture all illicit drugs research carried out within a country.

16 projects matched the selected criteria:

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Mapping Supply indicators

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2011
Project ending year
2013
Area(s) of research
Law enforcement responses, Drug related crime responses, Consequences of drug use, Supply and markets
Objectives
feasability study on indicators for (Belgian) drug supply markets
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Criminology
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Initial identified needs
Mapping indicators for drug supply
Performed by
IRCP, department of Penal law and criminology, University of Ghent
Funded by
Federal Science Policy (BELSPO)
Summary references
(to be posted soon): http://www.belspo.be/belspo/Fedra/proj.asp?l=nl&COD=DR/62
Website
http://www.belspo.be/belspo/Fedra/proj.asp?l=nl&COD=DR/62
Published reference(s)
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COMIQS.BE : consensus building on minimal quality standards for drug demande reduction in belgium

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2013
Project ending year
2014
Area(s) of research
Methodology issues
Objectives
setting up indicators of MQS and looking further for standards of excellence by consensus building with the field
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Psychology, Sociology
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Initial identified needs
implementation of the recommendation of the european EQUS projet (Minimal standards of quality in drug demand reduction)
Performed by
GHent University (institute orthopedagogics)
faculty of education, University colledge Ghent
department of psychiatry, Université de Liège
Funded by
BELSPO, Ministry of health
Summary references
not yet available
Website
not yet available
Published reference(s)
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HILCAN: hazards of illicit cannabis cultivation for public, users and intervention staff

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2013
Project ending year
2014
Area(s) of research
Supply and markets
Objectives
1. Make a complete and comprehensive inventory of the hazards resulting from indoor cannabis cultivation for each of the target groups described above (qualitative and quantitative analysis). 2. Develop firm guidelines for police and governments on containing health risks resulting from cannabis cultivation, use and plantation confiscation and dismantling.
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Pharmacology, Other discipline, Toxicology
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Initial identified needs
Over the last 10 years, the number of seizures of illegal cannabis plants in Belgium has been multiplied by 300. These plants, more and more seized in densely populated neighbourhoods, contain a range of toxic and potentially dangerous chemical products whose harm should be assessed in order to provide guidelines for the protection of the surrounding neighbourhood and the intervention personnel who is in charge of their further treatment.
Performed by
Faculty of bio-science engineering, agronomy, University of Ghent
division biopharmaceutical science, Catholic University Leuven
Funded by
BELSPO
Summary references
not yet available
Website
not yet available
Published reference(s)
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Use of alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers in the Belgian population (UP TO DATE)

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2011
Project ending year
2014
Area(s) of research
Prevention responses, Treatment responses
Objectives
Work package 1: Epidemiology The UP TO DATE consortium will analyse epidemiological data to be collected in the general population during the first half of 2013 by the "Sentinel GPs’ network" managed by the Scientific Institute of Public Health (IPH). The content will focus, on one hand, on alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers abuse, and, on the other hand, on the employment status. Work package 2: Literature review A systematic literature review will be conducted focusing on international guidelines about: • Screening and interventions on substance abuse among GPs and OPs; • Models for referral and collaboration between GPs, OPs, and specialized centres. Work packages 3 (GPs) and 4 (OPs): Attitudes and experiences of GPs and OPs in daily practice regarding substance abuse, screening, prevention and management These two WPs aim at describing the field context of attitudes and experience regarding alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers abuse in various professional settings in general practice and occupational health, both for physicians who manage substance abuse in daily practice (eventually within a network) as for those who don’t or do little. A qualitative approach will be first used to obtain a broad and comprehensive understanding of the various opinions, through individual interviews and/or focus groups. To triangulate data from the qualitative study and/or to detect specific local problems, a quantitative questionnaire survey will be conducted with a representative sample of the two concerned medical specialties. Work package 5: A mirrored view The wishes and needs for collaboration improvement with GPs and OPs will be assessed among other actors of the domain (field associations, mental health institutions, employers and trade unions, consultants responsible for prevention and human resource management in companies, judicial and penal system). The nominal group technique will be used to rank priorities and qualitative analysis. Work package 6: International comparison Relevant experiences or programmes from abroad aiming at the improvement of GPs and/or OPs involvement in substance abuse management and that were evaluated will be sought from Internet and grey literature. This phase of the research will identify the most interesting projects and assess to what extent they could be applied to Belgium. Work package 7: Valorisation The last phase of this research is to submit its findings to GPs’ and Ops' stakeholders (academics, members of scientific associations, medical trade unions) with the aim to help the integration into daily practice. We will use Large Scale Interventions methodology (LSI), which comprises a trajectory with stakeholders contributing to the change process in all stages and balance top-down and bottom-up decision making. Workshops will be organized, first for primary care and occupational health stakeholders separately, and then a specific workshop gathering them together will be dedicated to the needs and recommendations regarding their collaboration. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Epidemiology, Sociology, Other medical sciences
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Initial identified needs
Despite a diversified outpatient care offer, general practitioners (GPs) are seen as major players in detecting and managing problems related to substance abuse (illegal or not). Similarly, occupational physicians (OPs) are also expected to play a role in the field of addiction, as health and safety promoters in the workplace (collective bargaining convention Nr. 100). In Belgium little is known about resources and strategies used by these health professionals when they are faced with this issue, nor what their interest or attitude are in it. To answer these questions, the purpose of the UP TO DATE research is to know 1) what the current demand is for care in the front line; 2) to what extent GPs and OPs are involved in this problem, and 3) what resources they are able to use for providing appropriate response to all types of requests for treatment of substance abuse. Other professionals from the addiction sector will also be interviewed to assess if they consider these physicians as a support, and if the role played by GPs is sufficiently valued. Our starting point is to take into account physicians' behaviour vis-à-vis the substance addiction phenomenon (alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics and tranquilizers) rather than specific behaviours to each substance group. Surveys for both professions were constructed similarly, limited to the adult patient population (18-65 years) for the sake of symmetry of investigations in general practice and occupational health.
Performed by
Université de Liège
Katholieke universiteit Leuven
Universiteit Antwerpen
Funded by
Belspo, Ministry iof health, ministry of emplyment
Summary references
not yet available
Website
http://www.belspo.be/belspo/fedra/proj.asp?l=en&COD=DR/60
Published reference(s)
http://www.belspo.be/belspo/fedra/proj.asp?l=en&COD=DR/60
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Social cost of drugs (SOCOST)

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2013
Project ending year
2015
Area(s) of research
Consequences of drug use, Methodology issues
Objectives
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Criminology, Economy, Legal sciences, Political sciences, Sociology
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Objectives (native)
evaluate benefits and costs of drugs for the belgian society
Initial identified needs
Beyond a Public Expendutire approach, this project will evaluate (aspects of) the social cost of drugs to the Belgian society
Performed by
IRCP, Ghent University
SVA, Ghent university
Free University Brussels
Funded by
BELSPO
Summary references
not yet available on the web
Website
not yet on the web
Published reference(s)
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Social supply among cannabis users

Funding country
Belgium
Project starting year
2012
Project ending year
2015
Area(s) of research
Prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use, Determinants of drug use, Consequences of drug use
Objectives
Through this research we want to describe if and how the cannabis market for adolescents (12 to 18-year olds) in Belgium differs from the cannabis market for adults and is thus a separate arena of transactions.
Scientific discipline(s) involved
Criminology, Sociology
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Initial identified needs
There are indications in the literature that there are specific forms of dealing among young people, but more research into this specific topic is necessary. More than buying their drugs through the ‘traditional’ channels, young people get their cannabis through friends and friends of friends. Through this research we want to describe if and how the cannabis market for adolescents (12 to 18-year olds) in Belgium differs from the cannabis market for adults and is thus a separate arena of transactions. At least 150 young cannabis users will be questioned. The following criteria will be the basis of respondent selection: respondents have to have used cannabis on at least one occasion in the last three months and/or they have to have sold or brokered access to cannabis on at least one occasion in the past six months. This research aims to derive insights into the functioning of the cannabis market for young people, how the players interact, what the relationship is between the user and the suppliers, and how the adolescents interact with the bigger cannabis market. The research will also provide a look into how adolescents operate in social networks and it will try to answer the question whether or not the cannabis market among young people is an extension of other youth activities.
Performed by
Institute for social drug research
Funded by
Own ersearch credits university Gent
Summary references
http://www.ugent.be/re/strafrecht-criminologie/en/research/isd/projects.htm/currentproject-socialsupply.htm
Website
http://www.ugent.be/re/strafrecht-criminologie/en/research/isd/projects.htm/currentproject-socialsupply.htm
Published reference(s)
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