Pompidou Group - Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

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 Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) in prisons
• 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:
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International 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 Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni 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:

Mauro Palma
suite Marzena Ksel MD
suite Linda Montanari, Luis Royuela, Dagmar Hedrich
suite Europris
suite Dr. Fabienne Hariga
suite Roberto Monarca
suite HIPP
suite Sophia Bessias
suite WHO
suite CEB
suite Dr. Eamonn O'Moore

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