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

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.

  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

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.
On the occasion of the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking: Pompidou Group recalls the need to protect public health by ensuring essential services in drug policy also in times of economic crisis and budgetary constraints!

The Pompidou Group is concerned the changing patterns of drug use under circumstances of strict austerity measures, such as the possible risk of an earlier onset of drug use, the increasing prevalence of injecting use, relapses, risk taking and overdosing, particularly among vulnerable groups, impacts on public health as well as on criminality. This increases the risk that the effects of economic crisis result in discriminatory attitudes of society towards drug use and people who use drugs.

Law enforcement officials examine drug trafficking via International Airports

Drug trafficking through airports is a global issue that does not stop at a nation’s border. Hence, law enforcement officials as well as representatives of the private sector from Europe, Australia, USA, Mexico, Japan, North Africa and the Middle East were present at the Pompidou Group’s Plenary Meeting of the Airports Group that took place in Strasbourg on 18-20 June. Meeting once a year, the group primarily acts as a forum for the exchange of practical information on problems and operational practice, developing specific projects to deepen the level of co-operation among police, customs and border control officers of drug squads. In order to successfully combat drug trafficking trough airports, it is necessary to build strong co-operation between services internationally. With this in mind, experts discussed state-of-the-art technologies such as the use of drones, post parcel detection tools and investigations in the Darknet. Furthermore, experts debated on new detection techniques. They concluded that the drug market is a global issue that nations would be unable to solve without consistent cooperation across Borders.


28-29: Strasbourg
2014 European Drug Prevention Prize Jury Meeting

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