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Latest news from the OFDT

Freebase cocaine in mainland France : recent trends (23.06.14).

Awareness courses on the dangers of drug and alcohol use  (29.04.14).

Results of the ETINCEL - OFDT electronic cigarette survey : Prevalence, purchase and use behaviours, reasons for using electronic cigarettes  (10.04.14).

Latest news from international institutions

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: 4,4′-DMAR (4-methyl-5-(4-methylphenyl)-4,5-dihydrooxazol-2-amine) (17.08.14).

Residential treatment for drug use in Europe  (15.07.14).

Launch of the European Drug Report 2014 by the EMCDDA  (27.05.14).

EMCDDA publications

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About us

Who are we?

Established in 1993, the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction is a public interest group that seeks to provide information on drugs and drug addiction issues to public authorities, professionals working in the field and all concerned citizens. It brings together, through its permanent observation and survey system, scientifically validated information from different sources on licit and illicit substances. The OFDT is also consulted for its expertise and methodology counselling. It is able to provide methodological assistance in the preparation and monitoring of the evaluation of the governmental plan. It provides information and documents many questions in the field of psychoactive substances and addictions. Who are the users? What are the uses? Which substances do circulate? What are the health and social consequences of such uses? What are the views and perceptions on drugs? What public responses are developed to address that phenomenon? How do the traffic markets evolve? Since 2010, the OFDT is also working on gambling issues.

The OFDT is one of the national relays or focal points of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). This European agency decentralised in Lisbon is responsible for supplying objective, reliable and comparable information on drugs and drug addiction phenomenon and their consequences at a European level (

How does it work?

The tasks of the Monitoring Centre are carried out by a team of experts and researchers from different disciplines (demography, epidemiology, economy, medicine, pharmacology, sociology, statistics) and administrative and technical staff. This team is led by Maud Pousset, named in 2011 by the Management Board.

The Scientific Committee, chaired since 2012 by Bruno Falissard, advises and assists the Monitoring Centre; its members are scientists appointed in a personal capacity in view of their excellence in the areas falling within the missions of the OFDT.

The Management Board is chaired by François Bourdillon, elected in 2013. It brings together representatives of the state from the various Ministries pertaining to the fight against drugs and drug addiction and the Interministerial mission for the fight against drugs and drug Addiction (MILDT). It also includes legal persons of public and private law. The financing of the OFDT is mainly based on the grant for public service paid by the MILDT and by European credits.

Production, collection, synthesis and diffusion of knowledge

The OFDT survey reports, databases, various summary notes, and statistical series are available to professionals and the general public on its website

These include among others its large surveys within the general population (ESCAPAD, EROPP) and its annual review of the trends among users on the basis of a national monitoring scheme (TREND - SINTES).

Each year, the OFDT publishes Drugs, key data a global perspective digest with the most recent and detailed facts and figures. The OFDT publishes Tendances, a letter providing policy makers, researchers and professionals with the latest knowledge in the field of drugs and drug addiction. It publishes twice a year Drugs, international issues on the topics related to the supply of drugs and the international trafficking in illicit substances.

Several databases are also available on the OFDT website in particular the bibliographical and legislative databases and ODICER (Territorial indicators for information about drugs and drug addiction).

French monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction, OFDT
3, avenue du Stade de France
93218 Saint-Denis La Plaine Cedex, France
Phone: +33 1 41 62 77 16
Fax: +33 1 41 62 77 00

Director: François BECK

Drugs in Europe

2014 EMCDDA European Drug Report

- Drug facts, figures and analyses: across Europe and by country
- Latest trends and legal, political and social responses
- Selected issues: Vulnerable groups of young people; National drug-related research in Europe; Towards a better understanding of drug-related public expenditure in Europe<

Country situation summaries

You will find on the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) web site a concise overview for each EU Member State on their national drug situation, and also Legal texts in their original formats, an indispensable tool for monitoring and analysing legislative developments in the Member States.

The European Union and the drug phenomenon

The European Union & the drug phenomenon : Frequently asked questions , joint publication between the EMCDDA and the European Commission, october 2010, 12 p.


Our publications


National annual reports on drug issues

Annual reports sent to the EMCDDA (European monitoring center for drugs and drug addiction), giving an overview of the latest developments on the drug problem in France.


Problem drug use prevalence in France

This 30-pages document gives an estimate, between 210,000 and 250,000 problem drug users, based on data from 2006 and different methods.

Tendances ("Trends") letters

Information letters (app. 7/year), giving results of epidemiological, sociological or economic studies regarding the drug and drug addiction phenomenon.

Drugs, key data

This 8-pages document, produced in 2013 by the OFDT, provides the most relevant figures in order to measure and provide a quick overview of  drug-related phenomena. 

Drugs, international challenges

Information letter on issues related to the supply of drugs and international trafficking in illicit substances.

Cannabis, essential data and knowledge

Updated synthesis (2009) of the monograph Cannabis , Données essentielles, which draws the state of the phenomenon in France. 


Briefs designed to respond to specific requests from authorities

Scientific papers

Scientific papers from OFDT staff members published in the international literature.

Evaluation tools

Tools provided to professionals, policy-makers and researchers who wish to evaluate their interventions in the field of health, especially in drug-related harm reduction issues.

Data collection

Protocols, guidelines and other methodological settlements related to data collection in the field of drug use.

Posters, maps

Posters made for conferences and other events throughout Europe; maps.

Drugs and drug addiction report

State of the drug and drug addiction phenomenon in France, and public action against it. The most exhaustive report on the matter, last issued in 2005. 


The activities of the OFDT are based on cooperation and networking with foreign and/or international structures. More...

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