The impact of drug policy on society

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Every country in Europe has its own drug policy. The ERANID project ‘Illicit Drug Policies and Social Outcome’ (IDSPO) will study the societal impact of policy, not in order to compare countries, but to show policymakers the potential impact of the choices they make. IDPSO stands for ‘Illicit Drug Policies and Social Outcome’.


Research from perspective of addicts

Giuseppe Carrà

The ERANID-funded project D.U.R.E.S.S. focuses on the experience of people suffering from addiction during recovery and reintegration. Or, in the words of Giuseppe Carrà of Italy, ‘it’s about their personal subjective perspective’.


Luxembourg and the Netherlands tighten their research collaboration

On 27 June, the Dutch Ambassador to Luxembourg Peter Kok invited representatives of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), as well as high-calibre researchers in Luxembourg to a joint information workshop. This meeting followed the signature, back in March, of a Statement of Intent between the national...


High sensitivity as a vulnerability factor in substance abuse

Individuals who are highly sensitive to environmental stimuli – highly sensitive people – appear to be more susceptible to substance use than others. Nevertheless, there has been very little scientific research on the relationship between high sensitivity and the use of addictive substances. The ERANID STANDUP project should change all that, however.


Dutch plan of action for new knowledge of Lyme disease

ZonMw launched an action plan for new knowledge of Lyme disease in research, practice and policy in March 2016. Representatives of patients, researchers, professional practitioners, policymakers and companies were involved in compiling the document.


Adding value to research

Eight projects will receive funding to study responsible research practices. Despite a plethora of theories and opinions, remarkably little scholarly investigation has focused on what makes a “good” scientific research system.


Call for proposals: Ageing and place in a digitising world

The 3rd JPI MYBL call for research proposals, entitled 'Ageing and place in a digitising world', is online. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 3rd, 2017 - 17.00 CET.


International collaboration: addressing societal challenges efficiently and effectively

In Europe, as well as globally, we face a number of societal challenges that no country or region can tackle alone. Addressing these so-called Grand Societal Challenges efficiently and effectively requires combined efforts and new ways of collaboration between countries.


Start Up Access to finance

Start-ups and scale-ups need capital. The EU is working on making access to finance easier for businesses though loan guarantees, business loans, microfinance and venture capital.


Increase in excise taxes on alcohol can yield 14 to 20 billion euros in societal benefits

An increase in excise taxes of 50 per cent over a period of fifty years will result in societal benefits of 14 to 20 billion euro in the Netherlands. Improvement of work productivity, prevention of premature deaths, fewer traffic accidents, less police and justice costs and less school drop-outs are examples of the positive effects if alcohol consumption would be reduced. These are the findings of research conducted by RIVM.

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