Second Multi-City Study on Quantities and Financing of Illicit Drug Consumption - QUAF2

06/2009 - 1/2012

Contact: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl

The second multi-city study on behalf of UNODC assessed consumption patterns and respective expenditures in seven cities of the UN-European Region. The first multi-city study on quantities and financing behaviour of illicit drug consumption (QUAF 1) covered Western and Central European cities. QUAF II concentrated on Nordic, Eastern and South-Eastern European cities.The project team consisted of research teams from seven cities: Belgrade, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Moscow, Sarajevo, and Stockholm.

The research teams were responsible for detailed city reports on the drug situation in their cities, besides other things on the basis of interviews with key informants, and for 200 face-to-face interviews with drug users. Researchers at the EC were responsible for the comparison of the data collected.The final report was delivered in spring 2012, a book publication followed in 2012.

Research focussed on two groups of drug users – marginalized and socially integrated drug users – and on five main drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and cannabis).The main instruments used were a questionnaire for drug users, guidelines for interviews with key informants and guidelines for the city reports. Alltogehter four working meetings took place, jointly organised by the EC team and the city partners.

The study was carried out in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and representatives of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction were present at the working meetings.

Project partners / researchers: Svetlana Vucetic-Arsic (Special Hospital for Addictions, Belgrad), Andrei Botescu & Paula Frusinoiu (National Antidrug Agency, Bucharest), Torsten Kolind (Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen), Jussi Perälä and Tuukka Tammi (National Institute for Health and Welfare - Alcohol, Drug and Addiction, Helsinki), Konstantin Vyshinsky (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC, Moscow) and Eugenia Koshkina (National Research Centre on Addictions, Moscow), Darko Datzer (Faculty of Crime Justice Scienes, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo), Börje Olsson and Filip Roumeliotis (Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs - SoRAD, Stockholm), Angela Me and Kamran Niaz (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - UNODC, Research and Analysis Section, Vienna International Centre), Claudia Costa-Storti accompagnies the study as observer (European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction - EMCDDA, Lisboa)
Head of project: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl
Project team EC: Ricardo Rodrigues, Pieter Vanhuysse, Andrea Hovenier (organisation)
Financed by: Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs