The project will describe and analyse drug use and drug users in Norway. Priorities include updating estimates of injecting drug use prevalence and recruitment to heavy abuse. The project will also analyse various sets of data to establish patterns of use in the population. Possible changes in heroin seizures over time in terms of amounts, purity, smuggler nationality, sex, age etc., will also be studied. While parts of the project began in 1993, it has been expanded with the addition of new research questions over the years. Quantitative data from a variety of studies and registries will be analysed by means of a variety of methods. Data on heroin seizures have been collected and prepared for analysis. A new survey on drug use by people aged 15 and over was completed in 2009, and another of young adults (18-30) in 2010. SIRUS has been collecting data by interviewing users of Oslo's needle exchange service. Information on consumption, prices and means of funding their drug use is of central importance here, as well as data on living conditions, overdose issues, treatment, use of injecting rooms, outreach care, etc.
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Anne Line Bretteville-Jensen, Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Linn Gjersing, Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Malcolm James Reid, Norwegian Institute of Water Research