What is a National Drugs Observatory (NDO)
- Represents a broad and systematic approach to the collection and dissemination of objective, reliable and comparable information on drug use and drug addiction
- Provides a comprehensive understanding of the drug situation
- Informs a national strategy to address drug-related problems
Core Functions of an NDO
- Collects drug-related data and monitors drug trends at the national level
- Integrates extensive sources of information on the demand for and supply of legal and illegal drugs including surveillance programs such as the Early Warning System, surveys and Rapid Assessment studies.
- Presents data using descriptive and analytical tools
- Reports and communicate results.
Reporting of Data and the NDO
- Reporting and communication of results are the most important tasks of the NDO.
- Outputs are what justify the NDO’s existence.
Importance of Funding to NDO
- Critical to the functioning of the NDO is adequate funding.
- Government support and establishing linkages with local, regional and the international community are necessary to ensure the long-term contribution of the NDO to national development plans.