The main objective of the
Drugs in Prisons
Programme is improving health in penitentiaries with respect for human rights.
Prison is a very risky environment both for the prisoners and the staff.
In particular, injecting drug users are exposed to various health risks; namely, overdosing, abscessed infections of injection sites, and the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV.
Limiting the spread of communicable diseases in prisons thus benefits both prisoners as well as society as a whole and reduces the burdens on a country's health system.
The Programme aims to develop strategies of drug treatment and social re-insertion of drug using detainees in order to reduce relapse and recidivism.
The promotion of through-care shall sustain drug treatment efforts and guarantee continuing care for people entering and leaving prison.
The programme comprises a strong element of cooperation between the countries involved and aims at extending best practice throughout Europe as a whole.
• Dissemination of best practices examples on
• Training of psychologists in the framework of cascade trainings
• Implementing participatory drug prevention activities for detainees
• Raising awareness about stigmatisation of drugs users and the importance of drug treatment, harm reduction and rehabilitation
• Facilitating regional collaboration
• Building prison administration capacities to implement harm reduction measures
Overcome pre-judgments and misconceptions towards harm reduction and drug treatment
• Raising awareness about drug consumption risks and to promote adequate drug
prevention measures in prisons
• Establishing training and information materials
“Treatment and Harm Reduction in Moldovan Prisons” (2010-2011)
“Preventing Drug Trafficking and Abuse in Prisons - Extending Best Practices in Eastern Europe and Balkan region” (2012-2013)
“Supporting Drug Treatment Services in Prisons - Extending Best Practices in Eastern Europe and Balkan region” (2013-2014)
"Criminal Justice Responses to Drug
Dependent Prisoners – Joint programme of the Council of
Europe and the European Commission (2015-2017)"
Drug Treatment Systems Overview |
Researchers from eleven different countries met on 19
February 2014 at the European Youth Centre of the Council of
Europe in Budapest in order to prepare a publication on drug
treatment systems in Eastern and South-Eastern European
prisons. Here are some impressions of the meeting:
organisations jointly committed to healthy prisons
The expert meeting on prison health in Europe which took
place in Strasbourg on the 27 May was opened by the Deputy
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
who advocated for good prison health across Europe based
on international standards. The meeting was jointly
organised by the Pompidou Group in co-operation with the
World Health Organisation (WHO) and brought together high
level representatives of international organisations in the
field of prison health as well as representatives from the
European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee for
the prevention of Torture and the Criminal Law Cooperation
Unit of the Council of Europe. The aim was to outline the
current institutional landscape of prison health in Europe
and to explore how to achieve a stronger commitment of
health authorities for prisoners’ health. It was agreed that
the existing body of international rules and standards for
the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of
prisoners must be subject to continuous evaluation and
development and must take into account the latest
developments and scientific evidence in the fields of human
rights protection, medical ethics, prevention of torture and
ill-treatment and public health. The meeting was also an
opportunity to launch together with WHO the new version of
the prison health handbook “Prisons and Health”.
Follow the links
below for the presentations:
Marzena Ksel MD
Linda Montanari, Luis Royuela, Dagmar
Dr. Fabienne Hariga
Dr. Eamonn O'Moore
Review of OST regulations