The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs

About us

The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN) is a non-governmental organization. Our main tasks are to follow the drug trends in Sweden and to inform the public and educate professionals on alcohol and other drugs. We are mainly doing this by publishing national reports and surveys, running web sites for different target groups, publishing a periodical magazine and arranging trainings and conferences. CAN was founded in 1901 and have nearly 50 member organizations.

Our organization has representatives in all 21 regions in Sweden. The representatives have a good knowledge of the regional situation and a wide range of contacts in the drug prevention area. The regional representatives represent NGOs, regional authorities and municipalities.

CAN conducts a yearly nation-wide school survey on alcohol and other drugs among students in year nine and eleven. The results from the survey are published in a report called ”CAN:s nationella skolundersökning” (CAN’s national school survey). We also conduct regional and local school surveys upon requests from municipalities and regions.

CAN is also contributing to ESPAD – the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, a study with data on more than 100 000 students.  The survey is conducted every four years. The most recent published report comprised 49 countries in 2019.

We also publish an annual report “Drogutvecklingen i Sverige” (Drug Trends in Sweden) with statistics on use, trade, seizures, injuries, mortality etc. is a youth website for teenagers and their parents and other adults like teachers working with young people. On the site you can find information on drugs, ask questions and participate in different forums. is developed and maintained by CAN.

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