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The Institute for Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies (ICAD) started the 4th edition of the European Web Survey on Drugs in Portugal, a inquiry anonymous online that seeks to understand patterns of consumption of illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances among Portuguese users aged 18 or over, with the aim of informing and improving public health policies.

The initiative is repeated every three years and is carried out simultaneously in more than 30 European and neighboring countries, having started last month and lasting until mid-July.

The questionnaire is completely anonymous and is organized into several optional modules, allowing participants to describe their patterns of consumption/use and acquisition of substances in the last 12 months. Substances included are ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cannabis, CBD/low THC products, new psychoactive substances and ketamine. Additionally, each country has the possibility of preparing a specific module. In Portugal, the choice fell on the use of psychedelics.

This survey will not only serve to provide a detailed overview of drug use in each country, but will also serve as a basis for developing informed and effective interventions. After collecting the data, each country analyzes its national reality, contributing to a better understanding of local behaviors and trends.

Participation in the survey is an opportunity for users to anonymously share their experiences, and contribute to a clearer picture of drug use in Portugal, being an active part in planning public health policies.

The link to access the questionnaire is: European Web Survey on Drugs 2024 – Portugal

About ICAD

ICAD is an institution dedicated to the study and intervention in addictive behaviors and dependencies, promoting research, prevention and treatment of these conditions in Portugal. Through initiatives such as the European Web Survey on Drugs, ICAD seeks to expand knowledge about substance use and support the creation of public health strategies that respond to the real needs of the population. For more information or to collaborate in publicizing the survey, contact ICAD or visit the website. Everyone's participation is essential for a deeper and more accurate understanding of drug use in our country.

 

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[Disclaimer: Please note that this text was originally written in Portuguese and is translated into English and other languages ​​using an automatic translator. Some words may differ from the original and typos or errors may occur in other languages.]

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I am one of the directors of CannaReporter, which I founded together with Laura Ramos. I am from the unique Island of Madeira, where I currently reside. While I was in Lisbon at FCUL studying Physical Engineering, I became involved in the national hemp and cannabis scene and participated in several associations, some of which I am still a member of. I follow the global industry and especially legislative advances regarding the different uses of cannabis.

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