A strong emphasis on prevention is the best
At the 16th Ministerial Conference, 19-20 November 2014, Norway was elected for the new Presidency of the Pompidou Group (2015-2018). The Vice-Presidency will be held by Italy. In her maiden speech, the new President of the Group, State Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Care Services, Mrs Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg, stressed the importance of drug prevention, in particular among youth, and the need to tackle new drug trends such as new psychoactive substances.
Mrs Heiberg said that there “are no indications that the availability of drugs will decline” and countries will “face new ways of distribution” that call for strong international cooperation. Norway also announced during the conference that they would support internally displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment patients in Ukraine with a voluntary contribution of 1.5 Million Norwegian Krona.
Mrs Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg used to be the President of the Norwegian Red Cross from 1993 to 1999 and President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 1997 to 2001. Mrs. Heiberg was vice-chairwoman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1991 and member of the Norwegian Parliament from 1985 to 1989. The Vice-Presidency will be represented by Mrs. Patrizia de Rose, General Manager of the Department of Antidrug Policies of Italy.