First Multi-City Study on Quantities and Financing of Illicit Drug Consumption - QUAF1

07/2005 - 09/2007

Contact: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl

The aim of the project is to assess the per capita consumption of five main drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamines besides ecstasy, ecstasy and cannabis) and the respective financing behaviour in six European cities. In order to increase variability, six cities perceived to be heterogeneous were selected: Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Turin and Warsaw.

Per capita consumption is assessed by face-to-face interviews with 100 “frequent” consumers of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines and 100 “frequent” consumers of cannabis and ecstasy including questions on the range of drugs and the drug combinations consumed, on the mode of consumption and on expenditures. In order to select representative or “typical” interview partners and to judge the quality of their responses, “thick city reports” on the respective local drug situation have been compiled, beside epidemiological and other scientific studies based on expert interviews with up to 20 drug policy actors. In the end of the study the results of the interviews are discussed with selected experts.

The study started in July 2005, the first working meeting took place in September 2005 in Vienna, the second one in April 2006 in Prague. In November 2006 an third one is organised in Warsaw. Members of UNODC regularly participate in the working meetings and closely accompany the project. In April 2006 also a representative of EMCDDA was invited to the project meeting.

Project partners / researchers: Franca Beccaria & Amedeo Cottino (Alcohol Research Group, Department of Social Science, University of Torino); Ladislav Csemy (Prague Psychiatric Centre); Dirk Korf (Bonger Institute of Criminology, Universiteit van Amsterdam); Jacek Moskalewicz (Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsawa); Betsy Thom (Institute of Social and Health Research, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, UK); United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC)
Head of project: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl
Project team EC: Benno Patsch, Andrea Hovenier (Administration)
Financed by: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)