François Beck, Head of the OFDT
François Beck was born in 1970. He is currently Director of the French Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT).
In 2007, he became the Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the French National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES) in Paris, France.
After completing an M.S. in statistics, he obtained a Ph.D. in sociology at the Sorbonne (Université de Paris V), where he is a Researcher of the “Psychotropics, Mental Health and Society” laboratory (Cermes3 - CESAMES), which is part of the Université Paris Descartes, La Sorbonne Paris Cité, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS).
His research applies epistemological reflection to the quantification of health and social issues, has focused on addictive behaviours, drug-related social factors, sleep, social inequalities, and mental health, with emphasis on methodological issues, gender, risk perception, and cross-cultural comparisons.
Since 1997, he has developed and implemented general population surveys on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use in France.
Drugs in Europe
- Drug facts, figures and analyses: across Europe and by country
- Latest trends and legal, political and social responses
- Selected issues: Vulnerable groups of young people; National drug-related research in Europe; Towards a better understanding of drug-related public expenditure in Europe
Country situation summaries
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) website has a concise overview for each EU Member State on their national drug situation, as well as legal texts in their original formats, an indispensable tool for monitoring and analysing legislative developments in the Member States.
The European Union and the drug phenomenon
The European Union & the drug phenomenon : Frequently asked questions , joint publication between the EMCDDA and the European Commission, october 2010, 12 p.