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Challenges resulting from NPS for demand reducing strategies”

The First Module Seminar of the 2017 Pompidou Group Executive Training took place in Israel from 28 to 30 March 2017. It brought together 35 participants from 25 countries. Drug policy managers from participating countries explored the specificities of the NPS phenomenon with the focus on existing prevention and treatment offers available in Israel. Knowhow transfer and shared experiences was provided by study visits to successful projects in the fields of drug prevention, early detection and treatment. The seminar provided examples of flexible and pragmatic responses to NPS related problems. This module was co-organised together with the Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA). Following three eventful days in Israel, participants unanimously agreed that the activity provided much inspiration for results-oriented approaches that put the patient’s well-being at the centre of the attention.
During the Second Module seminar planned for 30 May – 2 June in Alicante, Spain, participants will continue exploring existing measures and concepts and their applicability to NPS. They will also have an opportunity to reflect, to identify which existing demand and harm reduction approaches can be applied to NPS and how they can be implemented in practice and in national context. Already the discussion and feedback at the First Module Seminar show that the participants will deliver some highly relevant conclusions to the Pompidou Group’s Permanent Correspondents once the second module is completed.

Tbilisi Conference on Criminal Justice and Prison

Delegates at the ‘International Conference on Alternative to Punishment and Drug Treatment in Prisons’, held in Tbilisi, 21-22 March 2017, called for developing comprehensive criminal justice responses to drug dependent people who are in trouble with the law. More than 70 high-level representatives from relevant Georgian ministries, international organisations, delegations from Armenia, Belarus, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, international experts as well as local civil society representatives participated at the conference. They discussed drug treatment services in prisons and alternative sanctions for drug dependent persons in Georgia. Leading drug experts argued that prison sentences can be counterproductive in treating drug addiction and preventing drug users from reoffending after release. European good practice examples such as Therapeutic Communities (TCs), Opiate Agonist Treatment (OAT), Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes (NSP) as well as alternatives to punishment for drug-related offences were presented and discussed. The participants agreed that the costs for society and health risks for drug using individuals can be reduced by effective drug treatment and harm reduction programmes in prisons and in the community. The conference was prepared together with the Georgian Ministry of Justice in the framework of the Pompidou Group project on ‘Criminal Justice Responses to drug dependent prisoners’ of the joint EU-Council of Europe’s Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) programme.

  Women and drugs in Algeria: Pompidou Group supports the International Women day

With a first seminar in Algeria on the topic on women and drugs, the Pompidou Group is contributing to the International Women Day on 8 March

Within the MedNET 2017 work programme and at the initiative and in cooperation with the Office National de Lutte contre la Drogue et la Toxicomanie of Algeria, the Pompidou Group is holding a first seminar on women and drugs in Algiers. 80 Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Prison Administration, Police and Gendarmerie and the Civil Society will participate in this seminar along with experts from Egypt and Greece. 


  New PG Brochure: Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The Pompidou Group works closely with national policy makers and practitioners to develop drug strategies and tools that focus on improving health and human rights in the criminal justice systems. This includes interventions that help to reduce crime, prison overcrowding and stigmatisation of drug-dependent persons. The brochure ‘Criminal Justice and Drug Policy’ introduces the work of the Criminal Justice and Prison Programme of the Pompidou Group – by giving a voice to both leading experts and people who have survived drug dependence and experienced related hardship in prison.

  Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”, Rome, 26-27 June 2017, National School of Administration,

This seminar is co-organised by Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the Italian Anti-Drugs Polic
ies Department (Dipartimento politiche antidroga).
The importance of appropriately mainstream gender in drug-related policies and programmes was recognized in the outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem. Therefore this seminar will endeavour to take into account the CND 59/5 resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug related policies and programmes.
The objective of the seminar is to highlight good practices as well as to encourage for better ones. Additionally, our intention is to identify the most common problems faced by women who suffer from addiction disorders. Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners on the field will exchange knowledge and expertise on this topic.
Within Pompidou Group work programme, this seminar is part of the activity aiming at supporting the integration of a gender dimension in drug policy. It follows the Pompidou Group Rome seminar on “Women, violence and drugs” in December 2015
The seminar will start at 9:00 on 26 June 2017 and will end at 1 pm on the 27th.

Please register by filling out the registration form, which can be accessed via the following link


CND: Pompidou Group project draws global attention

Drughelp.eu is one of the Pompidou Group’s most recognized projects at the moment. Being a self-assessment tool on the internet to check the risks and consequences of drug use, it provides a highly cost effective an easily accessible service for drug users. It is easily accessible and as much as 70% of its users are among those who would not make use of face-to-face offers. The activity initiated by the South East Europe Cooperation of the Pompidou Group is already fully operational in 8 countries in less than two years after its inception. This CND event was organised by Croatia and Greece, drawing more than 100 people to the meeting, making it probably the most sought after event on this second day of the 60th CND session in Vienna. 

INCB report

The INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) 2016 report released on 2 March 2017 calls for drug policies that take women into account, as countries register disproportionate rise in overdoses among females. In its chapter one devoted to women and drugs, the report on the world drug situation refers for the first time to PG publications of 2015 on the Gender Dimension of Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs and 2016 on Improving the Management of Violence Experienced by Women who use psychoactive substances. The INCB calls for gender-sensitive drug policies and programmes, better health-care access for drug-dependent women and more funding to prevent and treat drug abuse women.

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11-12, Algiers
Seminar on TSO Centres staff support

20-21, Podgorica
3rd Annual CGSEEA Meeting

26-27, Tunis
Harm reduction MedNET workshop

26-28, Madrid
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