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

Gender and Drugs
Gender differences concerning the non-medical use of prescription drugs require targeted and sensitive drug policies. Hence, drug policy experts from 17 countries of Europe and the Mediterranean region who participated in a study on the subject which was launched by the Pompidou Group with the support of the Italian Anti-Drugs Department met in Rome on 22 September in order to discuss the Gender dimension of prescription drugs use in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
During the opening of the event Mr. Patrick Penninckx, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, stressed that women are at a higher risk of non-medical use of prescription drugs. Representatives of EMCDDA and UNICRI were present at the Conference and contributed to the debates. Internationally recognized experts, such as Mauro Bonaretti. Jonathan Lucas, Elisabetta Simeoni, Alessandra Liquori O’Neil, Patrizia De Rose, managing director of the Italian Anti-Drug Agency and Professor Marilyn Clark, the project’s coordinating researcher, have participated at the meeting and concluded that understanding sex and gender-based differences regarding drug use is necessary in order to better target prevention and treatment approaches.

  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.

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.

suite Final Mission Report

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.
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.


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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