Methods for estimating incidence of drug use: A review

Albert Sánchez-Niubò, Alessia Mammone, Gianpaolo Scalia Tomba

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Several methods for estimating drug use incidence, that have been used in the literature or that could be used, having been used in a different framework, are described and commented. The applicability of the different methods depends on available data and knowledge about relevant parameters. The many similarities between drug use incidence estimation and estimation of disease incidence are highlighted, but also the distinguishing aspects that make drug use incidence estimation a challenge to standard statistical methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Drug Abuse Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Drug use
  • Incidence
  • Prevalence
  • Problem drug use
  • Statistical modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)


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