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

Under the programme covering the period 2011-2014, research is undertaken by an ad-hoc group who work on the identification of effective approaches of coherent policies for licit and illicit drugs.

The working group deals with the experiences on coherent and/or integrated policies for licit and illicit drugs, in particular with the comparison and policy effectiveness indicators of coherent drug policies. The aim of the integrated policy expert group is to reply to the questions ‘what are the best structures to reach coherent drug policies?’ and ‘which types of models could be used to test whether a coherent policy could reach the expected results’. The project is based on two previous studies, namely:

“From a policy on illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances” - the 2008 publication gives and overview on how drug policy is developed taking into account the national political context, the influence of international conventions and European strategies, the evolution of scientific evidence and treatment. This study provides elements of reply to the question whether it is better to implement a policy of integration of substances or a single policy for each of the substances.

“Towards an integrated policy on psychoactive substances: a theoretical and empirical analysis” - the 2010 publication builds upon the work of the overview and presents the scientific grounds for choosing between a separate policy for each substance and a single, "integrated" policy incorporating all substances. The question remained open, however, as to which structures and bodies can better serve single policies or an integrated policy for all substances.

These two publications were undertaken by the Research platform which in the work programme 2007-2010 superseded the first group of experts in epidemiology set up in Europe and which was active between 1982-2004 in developing data collection indicators and monitoring methodologies. The platform focused on the assessment of the impact of research on policy and on the development of evidence-based policy.

“Reflections on the concept of coherency for a policy on psychoactive substances and beyond” - the 2012 publication continues the work carried out before and attempts to put into perspective the salient points of what may be termed a coherent policy on psychoactive substances and beyond. It proposes six indicators, around which the concept of coherency is articulated : conceptualization, policy context, legislative and regulatory framework, strategic framework, responses/interventions, and structures and resources.
• Integrated Policy Expert Group, Council of Europe Office, Paris 17th January 2011
• Integrated Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office, Paris 3 October 2011
• Integrated Policy Expert Group Council of Europe, Strasbourg 29 June 2011
• Integrated Policy Expert Group Council of Europe, Strasbourg 29 March 2011
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office, Paris, 23rd - 24th April 2012
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office Paris, 4th September 2012
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office Paris, 25-26 February 2013
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office Paris, 23-24 September 2013
Register on Drug Research
The register, which was launched in January 2007, is an online networking tool for the research community an its partners, enabling them to enhance information exchange on who does what in drug research. Users can consult and submit information on projects pursued since 2005, whether completed or ongoing, calls for collaboration or for tenders, agencies and partners.

By creating an account, the user can:
• Submit data (address, discipline, research institute)
• Provide information on research projects (field, summary and documents describing the project, time-table, researchers involved, budget, funding agency)
• Launch calls for collaboration aimed at other researchers or calls for tenders targeting researchers or research institutes;
• Update their personal data, research projects or calls

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suite Comments or suggestions: register-PG@coe.int
Co-operation with ESPAD
The Pompidou Group continues its support to the launched in 1993 initiative of CAN (The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs) to start a collaborative research project on school surveys of alcohol and other drug use. It funds the participation of non EU experts in project coordination meetings, it facilitates the interpretation and use of these data and encourages stakeholders to participate in the implementation of ESPAD 2011 as a means to understand drug use among youth in Europe.

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In 2012, the Pompidou Group and ESPAD in cooperation with EMCDDA undertook an assessment of the impact of ESPAD among the ESPAD researchers, Reitox focal points and Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group. It showed that ESPAD has had an important impact and has influenced the drug debate and policy in many countries.

suite The report (In English only)

Pompidou Group supports report on drug use among European youth
A multi-national study of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs use amongst 15-16 year-old European students was released in March 2009 as part of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), supported by the Pompidou Group.

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suite Summary of the report (pdf format)
suite Full report
Co-operation with ESSD
The Pompidou Group has been supporting the activities of the European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD) for several years. This financial support is offered towards the organisation of the ESSD annual conference and the publication of its annual book. In 2008, Pompidou Group also started to fund the organisation of a Summer School on qualitative drug research.

Annual conferences and books
The annual ESSD conferences consist of short presentations grouped by research areas and focussing on study designs and research methods, followed by discussion of all presentation. From these presentations, ESSD identifies one subject which is then presented in the annual book in form of a collection of articles.

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suite 2007: "Drugs in society: European perspectives"
suite 2008: "Cannabis in Europe: dynamics in perception, policy and markets"
suite 2009: "Old and new policies, theories, research methods and drug users across Europe"
suite 2010: "Pleasure, pain and profit - European perspectives on drugs"
suite 2011: "Markets, methods and messages: dynamics in European drug research"
suite 2012: "The meaning of high - Variations according to drug, set, setting and time"
suite 2013: "Snapshots of social drug research in Europe"

Summer School on qualitative drug research
The aim of this course is to enable young researchers to expand their knowledge and abilities concerning qualitative drug research and provide them with some proficiency in communicating research findings to agencies and policy makers. The first two editions took place in Amsterdam in August 2008 and 2009.

On 22 January 2009, the ESSD launched its official bilingual website (English and French). The translation into French was ensured by the Pompidou Group.

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Co-operation with the Mediterranean region
The Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol an Other Drugs provides an insight into the drug use situation in non-European countries of the Mediterranean Region. In particular, it gathers information about young people’s attitudes and behaviour in relation to the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other substances. It has adapted the ESPAD methodology to the Mediterranean context. Pilot surveys explored methodological validity and actual school surveys have been carried out in Algiers and Rabat.

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Regional meeting – Publication on Treatment
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16th Plenary meeting of MedNET Network

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75th Permanent Correspondents meeting

19-20: Strasbourg
Pompidou Group Ministerial Conferenceme - Room G01 (Agora)

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