National Focal Point
The Netherlands REITOX National Focal Point for the EU drugs agency EMCDDA is based in the Drug Monitoring & Policy Program at the Trimbos Institute.
There is close collaboration with the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Security and Justice. The Reitox Focal point contributes to the EMCDDA’s core task of collecting and reporting consistent, harmonised and standardised information on the drug phenomenon in the European Union. It does so by collecting information and producing comparable and scientifically sound data on the national situation on:
- The epidemiology of drug use and consequences (problem use, morbidity and mortality, drug-related supply and drug-related criminality)
- New developments in the drugs market (an early warning system), including new psychoactive substances which may pose a threat to public health
- National drug policies and responses for organising treatment, prevention and harm reduction activities
As the national center of excellence on drugs and addiction, the majority of the core data are collected directly by the Trimbos Institute or obtained from its extensive network of partners from research institutes and other organisations. In the field of law enforcement and data on drug supply indicators, there is close collaboration with the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Security and Justice.