Which drugs of choice are on the rise or in decline? A trend analysis of Belgium’s treatment settings (2015-2019)

Last updated on 29-3-2023 by Pierre Daubresse

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Purpose The opioid epidemic in the USA, the new psychoactive substances emerging on the market and the recent increase in cocaine treatment demands in Western Europe, all emphasise the importance of monitoring the use and harms of drugs over time. To be informed about new consumption patterns, this study aims to study the trends among people entering treatment for substance use in Belgium. Design/methodology/approach Belgian data from the Treatment Demand Indicator collected between 2015 and 2019 were used. A reference group of treatment units was selected to allow for comparisons …

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