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Creation in Tunis of an observatory on drugs and addictions

The round table organised in Tunis on May 20th and 21st in cooperation with the Ministry of Health attracted about fifty participants, stakeholders in all the Ministries: Justice, the Interior, Education, Family, Youth, Police, the Office of the Prime Minister as well as organisations directly involved with drug abuse and trafficking. The experience of observatories from Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Cyprus, France, Egypt, as well as that of the OEDT (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) were presented. The necessity to create a Tunisian observatory that would be independent, transparent and that would benefit all established itself. The structure of this observatory will be the subject of an agreement in the coming months.

  1st Meeting of the Cooperation Group South East European Airports:

Thomas Kattau, Deputy Executive Secretary, opened the inaugural meeting of the Cooperation Group South East European Airports on 27-28 April in Zagreb, Croatia. This brand new activity by the Pompidou Group is based on a Croatian initiative and will facilitate hands-on, realtime cooperation between law enforcement and customs agencies at airports in the region. Tihomir Zegrec, senior Croation Customs official, is certain that the practical tools that will be presented in this cooperation can become a model for more effectively tackling drug trafficking through airports.
Zelko Petkovic, National Drugs Coordinator of Croatia and Permanent Correspondent to the Pompidou Group concluded in his welcome speech that “today we are definitely having a good momentum in the regional cooperation which can mainly be contributed to the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. The Pompidou Group embraces all countries of the region regardless if they are its old member states like Slovenia and Croatia, brand new like Bosnia and Herzegovina or those who only have the potential to become part of a family.”

Opiate substitution therapy in the Euro-Mediterranean region

The Euro-Mediterranean seminar on “Opiate substitution therapy as part of a risk reduction policy” (OST) was organised by the National Office against Drugs and Drug Addiction (ONLCDT), in association with the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform (MSPRH) and in partnership with the MedNET network of the Pompidou Group, as well as the South Programme financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. In all 70 participants from Algeria and 20 experts from the following 9 countries were involved: Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Portugal, Switzerland, Tunisia, the Palestinian National Authority as well as the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. All shared their experience in substitution therapy, widely used across Europe and across certain countries in North Africa and in the Middle East. The participants reached the conclusion that the introduction of opiate substitution therapy (OST) should first undergo a two-year feasibility study in a pilot care centre in Algiers, the country’s capital, before it can be extended to other regions based on the drug use situation. This study requires a hands-on training of the staff that will be working in the pilot centre. 

Speech by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group
  Support for displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment patients in Ukraine

The Pompidou Group in conjunction with HIV Alliance in Ukraine has launched a project to support internally displaced patients who previously benefited from Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The project that is financed by Norway aims at catering for the basic needs and providing medical treatment and social assistance to 75 patients now receiving the treatment in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk. OST programmes have been discontinued in Crimea since May 2014 following the Russian Federation’s approach. Due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine medical supply of methadone and buprenorphine has also been discontinued in Donetsk and Lugansk. Since the introduction of OST in 2005 Ukraine reports improvements in HIV prevention and drug treatment.

Deutsche Welle article about the project
Pompidou Group Translaion of the article

Children see, Children act

The Pompidou Group launched its new drug prevention clip “Children see, Children act” during its workshop on Parenting Skills and Drug Prevention in Kiev, 10-12 October 2014. The clip is part of a joint drug prevention media campaign by the Pompidou Group, the Ukrainian State Drug Control Service, UNICEF and Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW). At the workshop NGO leaders, educators and prevention specialists from all regions of Ukraine discussed how to better involve parents in drug prevention activities. Over one hundred persons applied for the workshop reflecting the urgent need in Ukraine to provide training on primary drug prevention. The workshop has been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group and AFEW.

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Drug and HIV prevention in Ukrainian juvenile prison

Hundred boys aged 14-24 are incarcerated in the juvenile prison in Pryluky, Ukraine. Most of the inmates grew up in orphanages or came from dysfunctional families where alcohol, drug use and violence are prevalent. Many of the boys started smoking, drinking and using psychoactive substances during adolescence or even earlier. In conjunction with the State Ukrainian prison administration and the Dutch non-profit organisation Dutch Foundation Friends of Pryluky, the Pompidou Group organised a workshop on the 23-24 April in the juvenile institution in order to introduce the risk assessment tool SAVRY and family conference methodology. Trained multipliers from the Melitopol female juvenile prison attended the workshop, where they presented their experiences and explained to their Ukrainian colleagues the advantages of these tools for psychologists and prison managers. The workshop is the first of three valuable exchanges of experience with Pryluky planned for 2015. The goal of the activity is to prevent recidivism and to help the young men and women to return to a law-abiding and healthy lifestyle.

Gender mainstreaming and drug policy

Prof Marilyn Clark, author of the Pompidou Group publication “Gender Dimension of Non-Medical use of Prescription Drugs” and Elisabetta Simeoni, Gender rapporteur for the Pompidou Group, participated in the 7th meeting of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission held in Strasbourg from 15 to 17 April 2015. During the meeting participants stressed the need of gender mainstreaming in all drug policy dimensions.

Read HERE the ‘Gender Dimension of Non-Medical use of Prescription Drugs’ publication. 

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17th MedNET Plenary

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76th Permanent Correspondents meeting

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