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Events 2013
Moldovan Police debate treatment of drug users
How can police officers fulfill their duty in enforcing narcotic law while also supporting uninterrupted access to treatment for drug users? Questions such as these were critically discussed at the workshop on "Preventing Drug Abuse - Treatment and Harm Reduction in Police Arrest" which took place in Chisinau on 15-16 May. The event was organized by the Pompidou Group together with the NGO “Innovating Projects in Prisons” in conjunction with the Anti-Drug Department of the Moldovan Police. The Head of the Anti-drug Department, the Chief of the National Department for Criminal Inspections as well as 25 specialised police officers attended the workshop.

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Medical and social professionals join forces to fight HIV/AIDS spread in Moldova and treat drug dependency
The training was highly appreciated by the Moldovan participants. 50 medical doctors (narcologists), psychologists, university lecturers and social workers representing both community and prisons attended the event which took place at a hotel in Vadul lui Voda (near Chisinau), on April 15-17 2013. The goal of the training was to develop a practical approach in addressing the needs of methadone patients. The participants practiced the case management method and working in teams in order to better motivate opiate users to enter methadone treatment. Moreover, with a purpose of fighting stereotypes about methadone substance specialists were introduced to evidence-based medical findings about the safety and effectiveness of Methadone in preventing drug abuse and transmission of HIV/ Hep C.
The training was jointly organised by the Council of Europe Pompidou Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Collaborating governmental partners were the Narcology Dispensary and the Department of Penitentiary Institutions. The non-governmental umbrella organisation “Positive Initiative” as well as the coordinators of the NGOs “New Life” and “Youth for the Right to Life” were actively involved in the organisation of the event.
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Support for young female offenders at Melitopol (Ukraine)
Since November 2012 the Pompidou Group expert Alla Shut monitors the training-of-trainers (ToT) project at the Melitopol correctional institutions for female juvenile delinquents organised by the Dutch Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine and the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Most of the inmates grew up in orphanages or come from families with serious social and health problems. Often they started smoking, drinking and using psychoactive substances when they were very young. Domestic violence had detrimental impact on their lives as adolescents. This is why there is an urgent need to provide tool to the prison staff that will effectively help the incarcerated teenagers to get adequate care and attain the necessary life-skills needed for reintegration and adaptation in society. Thus, the project aims at preventing drug usage, providing life skills training, supporting resocialisation and re-insertion in society. Three Dutch experts under the guidance of the project leader Robert Suvaal investigated the needs and developed together with 20 local specialists a practical educational training course. The fourth and last meeting of the ToT project will take place 30-31 of May 2013.
Eastern Europe calls for effective drug treatment in prisons
More than 100 participants from 15 different countries attended the conference which took place in Bucharest, 27-28 February 2013. Experts, decision-makers and frontline workers expressed the pressing need for immediate and far-reaching actions towards effective drug treatment in prisons. A highlight was the declaration by the Deputy Minister on Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, Archil Talakvadze, who called for drug policy changes in his country. In his opinion, Georgia's zero-tolerance approach towards the possession of small quantities of illicit drugs for personal use should be reconsidered, drug treatment improved and the number of persons imprisoned reduced. During the conference, well-known doctors and psychologists stressed the need to tackle substance abuse and HIV infections in European prisons. The Moldovan model showed that needle and syringe exchange programmes as well as opiate substitution treatment are key ways to help curb addiction and HIV infections also in Eastern European's lower income countries. A spectacular side-event of the conference was a pantomime play performed by inmates depicting their struggle with drug addiction. After the play the inmates exhibited drug preventions posters which they produced in the framework of the Pompidou Group project ''Drugs in Prison''. Accompanied by mass-media the participants visited on the second day of the conference the Therapeutic Community in Jilava prison in Bucharest.
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International Conference on “Mental Health and Addiction in Prisons”
This international conference is organised by the Pompidou Group in co-operation with the National Anti-Drug Agency of Romania. It will take place at the National Library of Bucharest on 27 February 2013. The conference will focus on the current approaches, regional and European, to improve clinical and psychological drug treatment services in prisons. Participants are invited to share and exchange their knowledge and experiences. A side event will also be organised: an exhibition of drug prevention posters created by detainees living in therapeutic communities.
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Serbia - Workshop on Treatment and Risk Assessment
About 50 Serbian prison doctors and educators working in prisons attended the workshop “Improving Treatment Services and Risk Assessment of Drug Users in Prisons”, which took place in Belgrade, Serbia, on 17 and 18 December 2012. The workshop was organised by the Pompidou Group and the Criminal Law Co-operation Unit of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Serbian Prison Administration.
Among the topics discussed were: the implementation of harm reduction measures, the professional independence of the medical staff as well as the training needs for psychologists and doctors. The participants concluded that it is necessary to strengthen the interdisciplinary working relations between doctors and psychologist on one side and prison directors and security staff on the other side and also to improve collaboration with community organisations in order to create a network of services for providing effective care.
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