Drug-related projects


Implementation specialists, researchers, and policymakers at the Trimbos Institute work on a variety of drug use and/or misuse projects and programs. These project and programs include education for clinicians, teachers, and municipalities, policy development for organizations and government offices, drug abuse prevention for children and teens, and drug abuse treatment.

Addiction, psychological problems, and homelessness

Addiction and psychological problems play a large role in homelessness. In the Netherlands, care and shelter for the homeless is addressed at the municipal level. The Trimbos Institute offers municipalities advice on addiction and psychological problems, homelessness policy evaluation, and client-focused research. 

For more information, contact Michel Planije


Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe - Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)

The objective of the ALICE RAP program was to reframe the general understanding of addiction and to help redesigning addiction policy based on objective scientific evidence. The Trimbos Institute’s studies addictions governance by describing the views and forces that determine the ways societies steer themselves and by taking stock of present governance practices relating to known and new, emerging addictions. For more information, visit the English-language website here.


ALAMA: understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways

The nightlife scene is synonymous with drug use and its economy has surged in the last decade. Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of New Psychoactive Substances has emerged. The potency of ecstasy pills has doubled, alongside a rise in health incidents. Previous studies have failed to capture the dynamic aspects of nightlife drug use, both in the short-term (before, during, and after the club) and the longer-term (changes over time). A pan-European understanding of these issues is necessary to implement optimal policy decisions for nightlife licensing, drug control, and harm reduction. ALAMA combines state of the art interdisciplinary techniques (momentary or ‘real time’, long-term, subjective, biological) and comparison across countries, to thoroughly characterise drug use pathways (short- and longer-term) and their consequences.

For more information, contact Margriet van Laar


Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs

Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs is a harm reduction program and study that provides tools for local authorities to create healthier and safer nightlife environments by using a healthy settings approach. The focus is on reducing the use (especially high-risk use) of substances and related problems such as traffic accidents or violent crimes. The Trimbos Institute provides educational flyers and a website for partygoers about different kinds of drugs and how to reduce risks.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Analysis of the EU illicit drugs market and responses to it – responding to future challenges

The focus of this study is the EU drugs market. A more in-depth analysis and understanding of various features of the EU illicit drugs market is seen as vital for a better understanding of the drugs problem and possible ways to tackle it. This study is a follow-up of the 2007 call of DG JLS for a 'Detailed analysis of the operation of the world market in illicit drugs and of policy measures to curtail it'. The result of that tender, a 'Report on the global illicit drugs market 1998-2007' presented an analysis of the developments of the global illicit drugs market, drug-related problems, and drug policy responses in the period 1998-2007 (Reuter, P., Trautmann, F. 2009).


Cannabis study on frequent use and dependence

People who frequently smoke cannabis have a higher risk of dependency. Nevertheless, not everyone who uses cannabis on a daily basis becomes (chronically) dependent. The Cannabis Dependence study CanDep sheds light on why some frequent cannabis users develop a dependency, while others do not.

For more information, contact Peggy van der Pol


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Central Asia Drug Action Program 2015-2018

The Central Asia Drug Action Program CADAP program aims to support the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) with the development of a more systematized and comprehensive policy in the field of drug demand and harm reduction. Our international collaborators simultaneously aim to improve drug-related data collection, innovative drug use prevention programs, and drug treatment interventions.


Children of parents with psychological or addiction problems

Children of parents with psychological or addiction problems are vulnerable but often invisible. The Trimbos Institute offers guidance on how to identify these children, how to offer them and their families needed support and services, and how to reduce future risks with these populations. A website with information for parents is also available; more information in Dutch can be found here. In addition, Trimbos organizes the National Conference on Children of Parents with Psychological or Addiction Problems twice a year. This conference informs healthcare professionals about new ways of caring for these populations, presents new research findings, and promotes knowledge exchange between professionals, caregivers, and policymakers.   

For more information, contact Rianne van der Zanden


Drug Infoline

Through the Drug Infoline, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice about drug use to callers. Helpline callers include drug users, concerned parents, and professionals, on subjects including health risks, quit advice, sexual activity, and laws. The helpline is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Annemarie Pijnappel - Kok


Drug Infoline website

Through the Drug Infoline website, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice about alcohol use. The website contains information for parents, for young adults, for pregnant women, and for professionals. The website is financially supported by the Minisfretry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS)

Since the 1990s, the Ministry of Health enabled the testing of illicit drugs for drug users to prevent serious health hazards associated with unexpected dangerous substances. This illicit drug testing system is called the Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS); DIMS is a national network of testing facilities that furthermore aims at gaining an insight into the market of controlled substances. DIMS is embedded within the Trimbos Institute and is funded by the Ministry of Health (VWS). DIMS also runs the THC monitor (by analyzing cannabis samples purchased in randomly selected coffee shops on a yearly basis), and since 2012, DIMS also hosts the Monitor New Drugs, which focuses specifically on New Psychoactive Substances. For more  information, please visit the site here for publications in English and Dutch, including the annual report. 

 

For more information, contact Raymond Niesink


Dutch National School Survey

The Dutch National School Survey is a national research effort regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet among adolescents. The Trimbos Institute conducts this research in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. The results of this research show the trends regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet, while laying the foundation for new policies in schools, municipalities, and care institutions. Parents are targeted in a special module focusing on parenting practices, substance specific rules, and attitudes towards substance use.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


Establishing a Bulgarian drugs' helpline and interactive information website

The aim of the help line is to raise awareness about drugs, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in Bulgarian society. More specifically, young people, parents, and families of psychoactive substance users can get information on drugs and related problems. They can also receive consultation through telephone, e-mail and chat interactions, a public Internet forum, and a drugs information website. The helpline is anonymous and strives to be as objective, evidence-based and accessible as possible.

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


Establishing a Bulgarian drugs' helpline and interactive information website

The aim of the help line is to raise awareness about drugs, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in Bulgarian society. More specifically, young people, parents, and families of psychoactive substance users can get information on drugs and related problems. They can also receive consultation through telephone, e-mail and chat interactions, a public Internet forum, and a drugs information website. The helpline is anonymous and strives to be as objective, evidence-based and accessible as possible.

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


Establishing a school-based drug prevention program in Macedonia

The objectives of this program include developing and implementing a school-based drug prevention program in Macedonia, in cooperation with the Macedonian NGO Healthy Options Skopje (HOPS), as well as training a team of professionals in drug prevention. After initial development efforts, the team will create a prevention program for schools in cooperation with schools, municipalities, and other stakeholders in three pilot cities (Skopje, Strumica, and Tetevo).

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


European Network Social Inclusion and Health

The Trimbos Institute participated in the EC-supported project Correlation II (2009-2011). The aim of this project was to tackle health inequalities in Europe and to improve prevention, care and treatment services, targeting blood-borne infectious diseases (BBID), in particular Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, among vulnerable and high risk populations (e.g. drug users and at risk young people). The activities to update the Peer Support Manual were coordinated by the Trimbos Institute. The manual describes experiences, good practices, and lessons previously learned from peer support efforts in Europe. Its ultimate aim is to initiate and facilitate the design and implementation of effective peer support programs for drug users, as well as in other areas of health promotion, and in social care for vulnerable groups.


European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Conducted every four years, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries. It is the largest multinational research project on adolescent substance use in the world. The overall aim of the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15- to 16-year-old students in as many European countries as possible.  More information can be found here on the ESPAD website.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


Evaluation of the Croatian National Drug Strategy

The Evaluation of the Croatian National Drug Strategy is meant to serve as a critical analysis of the implementation of the Croatian National Drug Strategy 2006 - 2012. The aim is to provide policy relevant information to the stakeholders involved in making and implementing drug policy in Croatia.


Evaluation of the Luxembourg government’s Drug Strategy and Action Plan

At the request of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, the Trimbos Institute conducted an evaluation of Luxembourg’s governmental Drug Strategy and Action Plan (2010-2014) regarding the fight against drugs and addictions. Experts from the Trimbos Institute evaluated the government strategy through surveys and face-to-face interviews with a selected group of stakeholders about the achievements of the Drugs Strategy and Action Plan, and a SWOT analysis of the Plan’s strengths and weaknesses. This resulted in a number of recommendations for the new Drugs Strategy and Action Plan.


Evaluation of the Luxembourg government’s Drug Strategy and Action Plan

At the request of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, the Trimbos Institute conducted an evaluation of Luxembourg’s governmental Drug Strategy and Action Plan (2010-2014) regarding the fight against drugs and addictions. Experts from the Trimbos Institute evaluated the government strategy through surveys and face-to-face interviews with a selected group of stakeholders about the achievements of the Drugs Strategy and Action Plan, and a SWOT analysis of the Plan’s strengths and weaknesses. This resulted in a number of recommendations for the new Drugs Strategy and Action Plan.


Harm reduction in the Turkish prison system

The project on harm reduction in the Turkish prison system focused on information gathering, educating prison staff and drug users, offering basic knowledge to prisoners on personal hygiene and preventive measures, and collecting information on prisoners’ surroundings, such as family, partners, and friends. Health promotion activities were conducted as a foundation for the further improvement of healthcare, health education, and health promotion for prisoners. In addition, attention was given to the safety of prisoners and a good detention environment, the safety and good working conditions of personnel, and programs and treatment for drug users in prisons.


Health Behavior in School-aged Children

The Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey collects data every four years on 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments, and health behaviors. HBSC includes 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. Data collection alternates with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs; the next HBSC study will be conducted in 2017. More information can be found on the HBSC website here.

For more information, contact Saskia van Dorsselaer


Healthy Nightlife Toolbox

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) project collects data on interventions in Europe, targeted at reducing and preventing harm caused by alcohol and drugs in nightlife settings. The HNT started in 2008 as an EU project and is now updated with the help of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Dutch government under its EU Presidency. The Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands coordinates the update, in cooperation with the John Moores University in Liverpool (UK). More information can be found here.

For more information, contact Aukje Sannen


Healthy schools: A prevention program

The Healthy School Prevention Program is a school-based prevention program for elementary and middle school students about alcohol, drug use, and tobacco use. In conjunction with educators, municipalities, and families, the Health School Prevention Program staff assists in the development of school policies on alcohol, drug use, and smoking, educating students, identifying and helping students with substance abuse problems, and working with parents and families.

For more information, contact Jeroen Lammers


HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support in prison settings in sub-Saharan Africa

This program works to develop appropriate responses to reduce the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan prison settings. The UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa selected the Trimbos Institute to provide international consultancy services to support its efforts in improving care in prison settings in 11 countries. The core of this project is to develop regional guidelines (including standard operating procedures) for prison settings, related to voluntary counseling and testing, psychosocial counseling for people living with HIV/AIDS, counseling for most at-risk populations, condom programs, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, collaborative HIV-TB activities, and anti-retroviral treatment services. Each of these guidelines will be complemented by the development of relevant training manuals and curricula, and will be introduced and presented to the member states in regional events to reach consensus and support national implementation. The consultancy will further assist with updating the UNODC publication “HIV in Prisons in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunity for Action”.


How can I help my kids say 'No' to tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis?

The Trimbos Institute and STIVORO, the former Dutch knowledge center for tobacco control, launched a joint campaign entitled How Can I Help My Kids Say "No" to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis?. The campaign website provides concrete tips and information about parenting, teens and addiction (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gaming), healthy lifestyle choices, and other sensitive topics. Parents can also read the experiences of other parents and watch a video in which parents talk to their kids about resisting temptations.

For more information, contact Matthijs Oud


Monitor Drug-related Incidents (MDI)

The Monitor Drug-related Incidents (MDI) is a Dutch monitoring system of the Trimbos-institute, initiated in 2009. The MDI collects information on presentations with drug-related acute toxicities at four medical services and in eight regions of the Netherlands to provide an indicative base for monitoring. Acute toxicities were reported on by ambulance services, emergency departments of hospitals, and forensic medicine services in these regions, as well as first aid stations at large-scale (dance) events throughout the Netherlands. The aim of the MDI is to monitor drugs-related acute toxicities over time and to exchange information about drugs, acute toxicities, and treatment within the network of participating health care organizations. In addition, the MDI aims to protect public health in case of acute health risk through warning campaigns (Red Alert procedure) in collaboration with the Drug Information Monitoring System (DIMS), the ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports, and the Healthcare Inspectorate.  As part of the MDI, in collaboration with Event Medical Service and the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG) hospital in Amsterdam, the Trimbos-institute carries out a study on the profile of individuals who experience health complaints after using ecstasy. The overall aim of this study is to better understand who is at risk for health complaints after ecstasy use.

For more information, contact Esther Croes


Monitor of New Drugs

The Monitor of New Drugs (MND) assesses the presence of new (mostly unregulated) psychoactive substances in the DIMS system, along with data from the National Forensic Institute and the Customs Laboratory. The MND reports directly to the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport, as well as to the Office of the Coordination, Assessment and Monitoring of New Drugs.

For more information, contact Raymond Niesink


National Drug Monitor

The National Drug Monitor (NDM) is the core publication of drug monitoring in the Netherlands. It provides a current picture of the drug situation in the Netherlands to policymakers at the national and municipal levels, as well as to researchers and professionals in addiction care. The National Drug Monitor gives an overview of policy developments, drug use in adults and school-aged children, addiction treatment demand, drug markets, and crime.

For more information, contact Margriet van Laar


National Focal Point

The National Focal Point for the EU drugs agency EMCDDA is based in the Drug Monitoring Program at the Trimbos Institute. Its tasks include monitoring new developments in the drugs market (an early warning system) and implementing key epidemiological indicators.

For more information, contact Margriet van Laar


NEMESIS-2 study

The Trimbos Institute is involved in large scale, longitudinal research monitoring the mental health of the Dutch population between the ages 18 to 64 years old as part of the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS-2). The aim of NEMESIS-2 is to generate basic information about the mental health of the Dutch population, as well as changes in the mental health of the adult population over time. For more information, visit the Dutch language NEMESIS-2 website here

For more information, contact Margreet ten Have


Open and alert

The Open and Alert project provides tools to residential youth workers at institutions that focus on individuals with addictions. The Trimbos Institute has developed a set of guidelines to assist these organizations in developing clear policies on alcohol and drug use, as well as increasing the expertise of the professionals. Open and Alert was acknowledged in 2011 as a “Well-founded Theoretical Intervention” by the Center for Healthy Living, a part of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

For more information, contact Lonneke van Leeuwen


Prevention and education among young people through social networking

A website, smartphone app, and Facebook have been integrated with the aim of connecting young people interactively, to increase awareness, and to help them look out for each other while clubbing. This intervention also provides information about the risks of alcohol and drug use and what to do in drug-related incidents. For more information, visit the website here. This project was done in cooperation with Solidarnost (Bulgaria), NIHD (Estonia), SICAD (Portugal), and Sananim (Czech Republic).

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


Reducing infectious diseases among drug users

Drugs users often have to deal with infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV. The number of infections can likely be reduced by focusing on the prevention of infectious diseases and on limiting health damage caused by drug addiction. The Trimbos Institute supports rehabilitation institutions with policy advice, policy evaluations, and support during the research phase. The Infectious Diseases & Harm Reduction Network focuses on the prevention and detection of infectious diseases among drugs users in rehab situations. The aim of this network is to incorporate prevention and detection of infectious diseases into the policies and protocols of rehab institutions.

For more information, contact Anouk de Gee


Strengthening community-based drug prevention and intervention for young people in Kosovo

The Strengthening community-based drug prevention and intervention for young people in Kosovo program developed a National Action Plan on drugs education and prevention, built up the expertise of the inter-ministerial anti-drugs committee, provided technical support to the
inter-ministerial anti-drugs committee in translating the national anti-drugs strategy into a national action plan, established a national school-based drug prevention program, built up the expertise of local stakeholders in the development and implementation of school-based drug prevention program, provided technical support in the development a drugs prevention program in cooperation with 8 pilot schools, offered technical support in the development and implementation of a national drugs prevention program based on the good practices of the 8 pilot schools, developed a national curriculum on substance use and counseling skills for primary health care providers, and organized workshops and meetings to exchange expertise and information among all stakeholders in the field of drug demand and supply reduction.

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


Supporting alcohol, drugs, and tobacco control policy work in municipalities

Researchers, implementation designers, and policy developers from the Trimbos Institute advise municipalities in the Netherlands and abroad on effective drug, alcohol, and tobacco control policies and laws. These efforts include translating scientific findings to local arenas, developing adherence and enforcement strategies, designing prevention programs for teens and young adults, conducting research at the local level, and meeting the specific, unique needs of different nations, counties, villages, and cities.

For more information, contact Ingrid Schulten


THC Monitor

Many of the cannabis products sold in these coffee shops originate from Dutch-grown marijuana, known in Dutch as 'nederwiet'. On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport, the THC Monitor investigates the potency of cannabis products sold in coffee shops in the Netherlands.

For more information, contact Sander Rigter


Weed-check

Weed-check, based on Adolescent Cannabis Check-Up (ACCU), is a brief intervention intended to supplement other harm reduction programs focusing on cannabis use. Through Weed-check, addiction recovery professionals are trained in discussing cannabis use with adolescents with the aim of reducing or eliminating their cannabis use. An evaluation study on Weed-check was conducted via the addiction services Brijder, Maliebaan, Iriszorg, Jellinek, Novadic Kentron, Tactus, and Mondriaan.

For more information, contact Margriet van Laar


WMH (World Mental Health)-WHO survey initiative

The WMH (World Mental Health)-WHO survey initiative is a project of the Assessment, Classification, and Epidemiology (ACE) Group at the World Health Organization, which coordinates the implementation and analysis of general population epidemiological surveys of mental, substance use, and behavioral disorders in countries in all WHO Regions. The Trimbos Institute conducts the Dutch portion of this multinational survey.

 

For more information, contact Margreet ten Have