28th October 2017

Guidance for the measurement of drug treatment demand

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Although data on demand for drug abuse treatment are commonly available in many countries, there is an overall lack of standardization with regard to data coverage, concepts, methods and tools, which makes cross-national comparisons and identification of client characteristics and their needs in different national and regional settings very difficult. In order to assist countries in compiling comparable data on drug treatment demand, the present Treatment Demand Indicator (TDI) Global Toolkit has been prepared for inclusion as Module 8 of the Epidemiological Toolkit of the Global Assessment Programme on Drug Abuse (GAP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The module has been developed in collaboration with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), building on the work of the Pompidou Group and incorporating the experience of major ongoing treatment information systems.

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