Little is known about the population size, health and well-being of people with high-risk opioid use and people with high-risk crack cocaine use in the Netherlands. Together with the Trimbos Institute, Mainline is conducting research.
With this study, we also aim to gain a better understanding of how care services match the needs of users. A better understanding of the (care) needs of these groups can improve drug-related care services and policies.
In addition, high-risk drug use is not limited to opioids and crack cocaine, but also involves other drugs. With recent signals about new emerging groups of users, it is important to identify possible trends in high-risk use in time.
Investigating in 8 cities
The Trimbos Institute and Mainline are launching the OPAAK study to better understand these vulnerable groups. The objectives of this research are:
- To estimate the population size of people with high-risk opioid use and identify their drug use patterns, health and well-being.
- Exploring the population of people with high-risk crack cocaine use, including estimating their level of integration into care and survey of their drug use patterns, health and well-being.
- Identify other groups of people with high-risk drug use (HRDU). Conduct a needs assessment of people with high-risk opioid use and people with high-risk crack cocaine use, including an assessment of their needs for services.
- Assess coverage of opiate substitution therapy and needle and syringe programmes, as well as coverage of the National Alcohol and Drug Information System (LADIS).
For more information on the project, please contact project leader Machteld Busz
Support AND FUNDING
This research is a collaboration between the Trimbos Institute and Mainline. The project has a duration of 2 years and was funded by the Ministry of Health.