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

Drug Policy Roadmap for Ukraine adopted

At the International Conference on “Reducing Drug Demand - Improving Human Life”  that took place in Kyiv, 11-12 September, a road map for action was unanimously adopted by the participants. Drug policy experts from Europe and the USA as well as more than 250 Ukrainian high level decision-makers, specialists and practitioners developed together tangible steps aimed to reduce drug demand and health risks. Most debated topics were the continuation of harm reduction measures in times of crisis, drug treatment services in prisons and community as well as effective drug prevention for youth. The conference was organised by the Pompidou Group, UNODC and the Ukrainian State Service for Drug Control with the support of civil society organisations. We hope that the conference will send out a signal that Europe and Ukraine stand closely together in order to tackle crucial reforms aimed to further improve the health of the Ukrainian people.

Drug Policy Training in Athens

Today, trends such as new psychoactive substances, misuse of prescription medicines, "legal highs" and increasing poly-drug use pose a challenge for drug policy makers in Europe. Austerity measures and budgetary constraints exacerbate all of these problems and complicate the effective implementation of drug policies. The Pompidou Group’s Executive Training on Drug Policy that will take place in Athens, 8 – 12 September 2014, aims to train drug policy makers and experts to better respond to these challenges. For example the participants will jointly reflect on a minimum set of services that have to be ensured regardless of the specific economic situation.

Pompidou Group at the Drug Policy Forum in Mexico

In order to find solutions concerning the ongoing fight against international drug trafficking cartels and drug abuse in Mexico the Pompidou Group participated in discussions with Mexican drug policy experts at the Drug Policy Forum in Mexico City, 29-31 July 2014. Policy makers, researchers, scientists, intellectuals, journalists, artists and NGOs debated drug policy and public health interventions in an open, respectful and well-informed dialogue.
The Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, Mr Patrick Penninckx, was invited by the Director General of the Centros de Integracion Juvenil (CIJ), Ms Carmen Fernandez, the major Mexican NGO involved in addiction treatment, prevention and rehabilitation to visit one of their rehabilitation and reintegration centres in Mexico City. The CIJ is a key partner for the Pompidou Group in Mexico and supports alongside with governmental representatives the Group’s work. Mexico is an Observer State of the Council of Europe and of the Pompidou Group.

The Expert Mission to Ukraine.

After a successful mission from 17 to 21 May, the Pompidou Group delegation and medical expert team returned safely from Ukraine. In Dnepropetrovsk, near the conflict zone in the East of Ukraine, they met with displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) patients from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine who reported patients’ rights violations and hardships which they experienced as a direct consequence of the ban of OST in Crimea and lack of Methadone supply in Eastern Ukraine. In Kiev they met the Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine who said he would support the displaced patients in close cooperation with the Pompidou Group and other International Organisations. Together with local OST coordinators and civil society organisations the Pompidou Group developed recommendations on how to react to this humanitarian emergency situation. Follow-up intervention will be coordinated with partner organisations such as UNODC, UNAIDS and WHO.

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The 57th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, 13-21 March 2014: Resolution on theoretical and practical training concerning drug use related disorders.

An urgent response to the needs caused by drug use related disorders prompted the Pompidou Group Permanent Correspondent from Greece to call for action. The call was addressed by a group of experts who produced a report and made the required recommendations.
The report served as basis for a resolution presented by Greece on behalf of the United Nations Member States, European Union countries as well as Israel and Peru.
This newly adopted resolution invites UN Member States to further strengthen the professional knowledge and skills of specialists working with people suffering from drug use related disorders; providing them with complex training programs and scientific education, based on valid knowledge, coupled with an interdisciplinary approach and exchange of best practices.
New generations – challenges for existing drug policies

The 16th Ministerial Conference of the Pompidou Group to be held in Strasbourg 19 – 20 November 2014 is dedicated to drug use and trafficking trends that challenge traditional drug policies. In order to better address the problems that societies face today Ministers and high level representatives from the 36 Member States of the Pompidou Group, Council of Europe Member States and Observer States as well as MedNET and Central Asia countries will discuss strategic directions for dealing with a new generation of drug users, new psychoactive substances and addictions as well as the challenges and opportunities concerning the internet. The representatives of Member States will also elect a new President and Vice-President of the Pompidou Group and adopt the new Work Programme for 2015-2018. The Conference will in fact provide an opportunity for all countries to exchange views on the latest political developments and challenges in the field of drugs and define the areas on which the Pompidou Group will work in the four years to come.

Attention is the best prevention

The Pompidou Group launched together with the Ukrainian Drug Control Service, UNICEF and the NGO Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW) two new drug prevention video clips with the title “Our Attention is the Best Prevention”. The launch is part of a nationwide drug prevention campaign targeting parents and children in Ukraine. The shorter drug prevention clip will soon be broadcast on the Ukrainian television. The longer clip will be used for drug prevention education at schools and other institution promoting the health of children.

Link to the short video clip
Link to the longer video clip


8-12: Athens
Qualifying Seminar 2014 Executive Training
11-12: Kiev
International Conference: Reducing the demand for drugs - improving human life in Kiev

15: Budapest
Drug Treatment in Prisons. Study Review Meeting

22: Rome
Meeting of the experts group on abuse of prescription drug by women

24-26: Strasbourg
Annual meeting of the Precursors diversion network. Palais de l’Europe – Room 7

29-30: Istanbul
South East Europe Regional workshop

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