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What is the Greek REITOX Focal Point?

The mission of the Greek Documentation and Monitoring Centre for Drugs (EKTEPN) is to collect and process official representative data on every aspect of the drugs phenomenon in Greece. It acts as the Greek REITOX Focal Point of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), as it is one of the National REITOX Focal Points which operate in the 27 Member States of the European Union, Norway, the European Commission and the candidate countries.

The EMCDDA was established in 1994 (Regulation 1920/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council) and it is based in Lisbon. Its mission is to provide reliable and comparable information on every aspect of the drugs problem and to coordinate efforts to reduce drug supply and demand.

In November 2003 the University Mental Health Research Institute (UMHRI) was commissioned by the Greek Ministry of Health Ministry of Health to establish and operate the Greek REITOX Focal Point (Ministerial decision dated 24/11/93), which in 1998 was declared a national monitoring centre in charge of official and representative data collection in the field of drugs for Greece (Government Gazette 291, 24/3/98).

EKTEPN is financed by the European Union and the Organisation Against Drugs (ΟΚΑΝΑ).

Its mission is to collect, process and publish scientifically valid national data on every aspect of the drugs phenomenon, comparable to those of other National REITOX Focal Points.

EKTEPN monitors the drugs problem in Greece with the use of European indicators and provides Greek and European policymakers, professionals and the public with detailed information on every aspect of the drugs problem in Greece over time. The data are collected by a nationwide network consisting of over 800 agencies and individuals. Every year, EKTEPN publishes the Annual Report on the State of Drugs and Alcohol in Greece and the Greek Bibliography on Drugs and Alcohol. It also reports the Greek data to the EMCDDA by means of the National National Reports it submits.

The latest National Report (available in English) of the Greek REITOX Focal Point on the State of Drugs in Greece which was submitted to EMCDDA, was published in November 2010.

 

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