Illegal Drugs : the 2009 observations of the TREND system
Tendances n° 73, OFDT, 12 p.
The national TREND (Emerging Trends and New Dugs) system was implemented by the OFDT in June 1999 to identify and describe changes in trends and phenomena related to illegal or misused substances. This issue of Tendances provides a summary of the main results for 2009 - the year that marks the eleventh consecutive observation year for the TREND network. This presentation is mainly based on the reports of the system’s seven coordination sites and integrates the information generated by partner information systems (see box) for the purposes of cross checking information. It is broken down into three main parts: the first is devoted to the striking phenomena specific to the observation year in question; the second reiterates the distinctive features of the last few years; finally, the third reviews some of the substances monitored by the system. The data from the SINTES scheme (National Detection System of Drugs and Toxic Substances) that pertain to the toxicological composition of illegal substances complete and shed light on these observations. As in previous years, the TREND observations focused on groups with particularly high frequency use and cannot be extrapolated to the population as a whole.
Michel Gandilhon, Agnès Cadet-Taïrou, Emmanuel Lahaie, Matthieu Chalumeau
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