European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has made it a priority to monitor key epidemiological and other indices that provide member states with a common basis for interpreting the drug phenomenon. In Cyprus, NAAC is the national body of the European Centre through its Monitoring Department, namely the National Documentation and Monitoring Centre for Drugs.
Founded in 1993, EMCDDA is based in Lisbon and is one of the European Union’s decentralized agencies. Its role is to provide the EU and its member states with a comprehensive and objective picture of the phenomenon of illicit substance dependence, as well as reliable documentation on it. Furthermore, it provides policy makers with documented evidence for legislation-drafting and drug strategy development purposes, while it also assists practitioners and researchers who work in the field, to focus on best practices and new areas of research.