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MedSPAD committee moves towards harmonisation of data collection in the Mediterranean region

The 6th meeting of the MedSPAD committee was hosted by the SICAD in Lisbon on 21 September. Dr Joao Goulao, drug coordinator for Portugal, opened the meeting. Israel joined the committee made up of 9 countries. Country representatives gave presentations on MedSPAD surveys at national level in Algeria and Egypt and Israel.

The committee agreed to go one step further in collating all existing data on the prevalence of alcohol tobacco cannabis and psychoactive medication for the region.

  The Pompidou Group supports the launch of the international ESPAD Report in Lisbon

The Pompidou Group is pleased to support the publication of the 2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) report. Through the work of its epidemiology expert group, the Pompidou Group was the sole international organisation to support the ESPAD survey at its launch in 1995 by a consortium of researchers brought together at the initiative of CAN (the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs).

Over the past 20 years, the Pompidou Group has continued to support this project by financing the participation of experts from non-EU Central and Eastern European countries at the ESPAD committee’s annual meetings, thus expanding the survey to wider Europe.

The Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD) committee which has been invited by EMCDDA participates today at the launch of the new ESPAD report (2015).
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  The expert group responsible for reviewing national regulations on substitution treatment for opiates analyses the results of its public consultation, Office of the Council of Europe in Paris, 25 and 26 August

This group of health and legal specialists is responsible for identifying and detailing the criteria for the appropriate use of agonist drugs in opioid dependence treatment, in line with ethical standards, international law, scientific knowledge and medical best practice. The group comprises experts from the following countries: Algeria, Belgium, France, Greece, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey, and representatives of the EMCDDA and WHO. A scientific committee also brings together experts from Canada, Spain, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. This group has submitted for public consultation draft ‘guiding principles' for countries to help them develop or revise the legislative and administrative framework governing the prescription of agonist drugs used in opioid dependence treatment. Meeting in Paris, the group reviewed the results of this consultation in order to finalise the ‘guiding principles’ document.

  Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence”

Following Montreal, Paris, Geneva and Brussels, the Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence” is scheduled to take place in Rabat on November 30th and December 1st and 2nd, 2016. Its theme is access to ODT, a challenge for human rights.

This colloquy is supported by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine (SSAM), the French Swiss Group of Addiction Studies (GREA), the French Swiss College of Addiction Medicine (COROMA), the Addiction Federation (FA) and the Brussels Federation of Institutions for Drug Addicts (FEDITO). The Moroccan Addictology Association (AMA) is a stakeholder in the organization of this international event.

The colloquy will take place at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will be preceded by MedNET’s 20th meeting on November 30th also celebrating the 10th MedNET anniversary.


PG in Mexico: High level meetings and debates

Jan Malinowski’s visit to Mexico offered an occasion to meet senior government officials and authorities – Foreign Affairs, National Security, Drugs Commissioner, Attorney General’s Office – and discuss drug policy and Mexico’s possible move from observer to full member in the Pompidou Group. Opportunities were also evoked for broader dialogue of mutual interest with Latin America consistent with the UNGASS encouragement of North-South and South-South dialogue. Further, Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, had a productive meeting with the direction of Centros de Integración Juvenil, the main drug prevention and treatment entity in the country, and also met some representatives of other civil society organisations. The visit was organised at the invitation of Dr Manuel Ruiz de Chavez, President of the Mexican National Commission of Bioethics (CONBIOÉTICA), for Jan Malinowski to take part in events on “Bioethics and Public Health in the Regulation of Marijuana”. They included a Seminar at the National Academy of Medicine, supported by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), and are part of a broad debate in Mexico that seeks to bring ethics and public health, human rights and individual autonomy, evidence and science, and the views of all interested parties into a discussion that is taking place within and across various fora: parliament, national and regional administrations, medical and scientific communities, civil society, etc. Discussions also extended to ethical considerations around the medical and the para-medicinal uses of cannabis. This process was described as an example of good democratic governance in drug policy making.

Tackling trauma and addiction in Ukraine

"We need to work closely with the Pompidou Group to tackle psycho-trauma, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)" said Vadim Chernush, Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs during a round table organised by the Pompidou Group on 5 July in Kiev. Marten Ehnberg, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, participated in the opening of the event and stressed the importance of the Council of Europe project ‘Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine’, which aims to support Ukraine in developing quick-to-implement and sustainable responses to the psycho-social needs of IDPs. The roundtable discussion provided a platform for Ukrainian authorities (Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, Ministry of Education) and international experts from Israel, Georgia and Germany to exchange experiences on effective policies concerning psycho-social support, preventing substance use disorders among IDPs, and improving community resilience and social cohesion.

Workshops on PTSD and SUD prevention in Ukraine

More than 40 NGO leaders, local government representatives, psychologists and psychiatrists deepened their knowledge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and strengthened their working relationships during two training workshops organised by the Pompidou Group in Ukraine from 6 to 12 July. The first workshop took place in Kiev and focused on the coordination and sharing of information among Ukrainian authorities and civil society organisations (CSOs) at national, regional and community levels. CSO leaders agreed that they must form efficient coalitions to contribute to policy development at the governmental level. The second training workshop was organised in Kramatosk in eastern Ukraine, close to the occupied territories where many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) reside. During this 4-day workshop, 30 psychologists and psychiatrists who work directly with IDPs in three regions of Ukraine (Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia) acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills on SEE FAR CBT, an Israeli treatment protocol for anxiety and stress related disorders. The workshop sessions also covered important topics such as early detection, diagnosis and treatment of acute stress reactions, referral mechanisms and community resilience. The workshops were led by Dr Miki Doron and Dr Reuven Rogel of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) and had been organised under the Council of Europe project ‘Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine’.

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12-15, Stockholm
Qualifying Seminar Executive Training

20-21, Lisbon
6th MedSPAD Committee Meeting

26-28, Ljubljana
11th Net EXASS meeting

28-29, Strasbourg Prevention Prize - Selection of the winners

28-30, Poland
8th Annual precursors meeting

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