This national report, produced by the Turkish National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, namely the Turkish National Focal Point of the EMCDDA, affiliated to the Turkish National Police, Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organised Crime, contains new developments, trends and in-depth information in selected issues.
Turkey strongly believes that supply and demand cannot be separated from each other in counteracting drug use and addiction; therefore, coordination and simultaneous actions are essential concerning both fields. Additionally, treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration fields are also integrated parts of this process. Thus, these multilateral actions are to be based on scientific grounds.
In this scope, reports based on reliable, accurate and comparable data play an important role in the success of the actions undertaken against addictive substances and drug addiction. These reports are influential in the identification of roadmaps for an effective fight against drugs and efficient use of resources by laying down the weaknesses and strengths of the actions undertaken by States through analysis.
In this framework, “Turkish Drug Report” is prepared on an annual basis since 2006 by the Turkish National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, namely the Turkish National Focal Point of the EMCDDA, affiliated to the Turkish National Police, Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organised Crime.
This Report handles and approaches to the drug addiction problem not only in its law enforcement (supply) aspect, but also in all its aspects covering all the relevant ministries, NGOs, treatment and rehabilitation centres, universities and media. One of the most important focus points of this Report is to raise awareness on the perception of the tasks and duties of the relevant agencies and institutions in this multilateral and multidisciplinary counteraction.
Detailed information and analysis on the current situation in Turkey concerning drugs and drug addiction and on the interventions in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and criminal justice systems are shared, via this Report, with all the relevant agencies and institutions and are brought into their use. Establishment of a social conscience, awareness raising and identification of measures to solve current and/or future problems with regard to this issue are of great importance.