The main objective of the drugs in prisons programme is improving health in penitentiaries with respect for human rights.
Prison is a very risky environment both for the prisoners and the staff.
In particular, injecting drug users are exposed to various health risks; namely, overdosing, abscessed infections of injection sites, and the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV.
Limiting the spread of communicable diseases in prisons thus benefits both prisoners as well as society as a whole and reduces the burdens on a country's health system.
The project further aims at developing strategies of drug treatment and social re-insertion of drug using detainees in order to reduce relapse and recidivism.
The promotion of through-care shall sustain drug treatment efforts and guarantee continuing care for people entering and leaving prison.
The programme comprises a strong element of cooperation between the countries involved and aims at extending best practice throughout Europe as a whole.
• Dissemination of best practices examples on opiate substitution treatment in prisons|
• Training of psychologists in the framework of cascade trainings
• Implementing participatory drug prevention activities for detainees
• Raising awareness about stigmatisation of drugs users and the importance of drug treatment, harm reduction and rehabilitation
• Facilitating regional collaboration
• Building prison administration capacities to implement harm reduction measures
• Building prisons administration capacities to overcome pre-judgments and misconceptions towards harm reduction and drug treatment
• Raising awareness about drug consumption risks and to promote adequate anti-drugs measures in prisons
• Establishing training and information materials
“Treatment and Harm Reduction in Moldovan Prisons” (2010-2011)
“Preventing Drug Trafficking and Abuse in Prisons - Extending Best Practices in Eastern Europe and Balkan region” (2012-2013)
“Supporting Drug Treatment Services in Prisons - Extending Best Practices in Eastern Europe and Balkan region” (2013-2014)
Drug Prevention Award Ceremony in Romanian Prison
The theatre in the Targsor women prison was completely crowded on 30th of April during the award ceremony for the winners and participants of the drug prevention poster contest. 75 female and male inmates attended the event which had been organised by the Pompidou Group and the Romanian Anti-Drug Agency in collaboration with the National Prison Administration. All inmates who had been producing drug prevention posters in the framework of project "Preventing Drug Trafficking and Abuse in Romanian Prisons" received a certificate and a prize. The 10 winners who have been selected by an international jury received special prizes as well as a glossy brochure containing coloured pictures of all art works created during the projects. The participants cheered and applauded each time when the Head of the Anti-Drug Agency, Mr Sorin Oprea, called a person to come forward to receive a his or her award.
Study visit of Egyptian delegation
Executive Training 2013 - Preparatory meeting of the qualifying seminar
Airports Group - Plenary meeting
Working group on addictology courses