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

Towards a better picture of drug use in the Mediterranean region

Algeria will conduct a major survey on substance use among adolescents in 2015. The “Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs in Schools” (MedSPAD) will provide an insight into drug use and attitudes towards drugs in the Mediterranean region and is an adaptation of the ESPAD school surveys conducted in Europe. The methodology of the research project in Algeria was discussed at a workshop in Paris, 2nd October 2014. In the framework of the Pompidou Groups Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET) similar school surveys had successfully been carried out in Lebanon in 2008 and Morocco in 2009. In 2013, the MedSPAD survey was repeated in Morocco and a MedSPAD survey was conducted in Tunisia. At the MedSPAD Committee Meeting on 1st of October the experts discussed how MedSPAD surveys can contribute to a better comparability of data concerning substance use among youth in northern Africa and Europe.

  Estimating public expenditures in the field of drugs
Drugs impose many costs on society: the development of a wide understanding of the drug-related public expenditure to estimate social costs is a top priority in order to address this economic and social menace.
This is the awareness that animated the 2014 Reitox Academy “Estimating public expenditures in the field of drugs” that took place in Israel, 30 September - 1 October. Organized by the Israel Anti-Drug Authority in cooperation with the EMCDDA, the Academy welcomed 35 experts that shared methodological expertise in the field of drug-related public expenditures, both within and beyond the EU, with the main objective of sharing good practices in estimating drug policy related costs and cooperate for a roadmap to estimate the drug-related expenditures in Israel.
Mr Thomas Kattau, Deputy Executive-Secretary of the Pompidou Group, provided the audience with insights about the importance and challenges of bridging the economic evaluation of drug policy with policy makers, describing as indispensable the contextualization of economic data, calculation of efficiency and effectiveness and investment prioritisation.
As a result, the PG reinforced relationships with experts in the field, especially with the hosting IADA that proposed a future PG Work Programme on drug policy related public costs.

Istanbul Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health
More than 1500 people came to the Symposium in Istanbul on 29 September which was opened by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the President of the Pompidou Group, Danielle Jourdain-Menninger. The participants of this large-scale event could listen to state-of-the-art presentations by drug policy experts, participate in workshops on public health and harm reduction and discuss with leading researchers current international drug trends and challenges. The symposium underlined the importance of reorienting drug policies towards an evidence-based approach in public health.The event was organised by the Turkish Green Crescent Society with the support of the Pompidou Group, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction as well as different Turkish Ministries. Turkey is a Member State of the Pompidou Group since 1980. The Pompidou Group brought experts from twenty countries to share best practices in drug related health policy with the Symposium participants. 

  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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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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Gender and Drugs

The Gender dimension of Non Medical Use of Prescription Drugs was the topic of a conference in Rome on 22 September 2014.
Researchers from 17 countries, UNICRI and EMCDDA discussed the study report conducted and funded at the initiative of the Department for Anti-Drug policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy.
Carried out within less than a year to reply to an emerging trend in Europe, this study is the first of its kind. It explored gender differences and identified gaps in the participating countries.
This study is all the more important that it is the priority of the current Italian EU Presidency.
From the data available, the study reveals that women are a high risk category for NMUPD and that no standardized monitoring system for NMUPD exists in Europe and in the Mediterranean Region. On this evidence, the report makes a number of recommendations at country level and international level that would be passed to the Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group, as government representatives.

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.

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1: Paris
2nd MedSPAD Committee
2: Paris
MedSPAD Algeria

9-10: Kyiv
Drug Prevention Parenting Skills

15-16: Strasbourg
Conference on Using drugs at the work Place

17: Paris
2nd PC Bureau Meeting

28-29: Strasbourg
Second Meeting of the Working Group on Cybercrime - Room G01 (Agora)

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