The ADRU is the designated Irish Focal Point for the European Information Network on Drugs and Drug Addiction, co-ordinated by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
The EMCDDA is the central reference point for drug information in the European Union. Set up in 1993, and based in Lisbon, its role is to provide the EU and its Member States with objective, reliable and comparable information on drugs and drug addiction.
The ADRU works closely with the EMCDDA, with other Focal Points, and with national partners in an attempt to standardise data collection in the EU. By standardising data, valid comparisons can be made about current patterns and emerging trends in drug use in Europe.
The ADRU's Focal Point role includes:
- Writing an annual national report on the drug situation in Ireland for the EMCDDA
- Contributing projects to the EDDRA (Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Action) database. Click here to access the EMCDDA's EDDRA database.
- Developing the existing five epidemiological key-indicators of drug misuse with a view to improving national data sources and increasing the comparability of Irish and EU data.