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Adolescent drug use in the Mediterranean region

School surveys help decision makers to react to new drug trends and risks related to problematic drug use among the most vulnerable: young people. In its first report the Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD) will sheds light on drug use epidemiology and patterns among adolescents. The report will be published and disseminated this year. MedSPAD was launched in 2003 and the first MedSPAD committee was set up in 2014 under the Mediterranean Network (MedNet) of the Pompidou Group. The committee supports the sharing of experiences between the MedNet countries who have already conducted the MedSPAD (Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia) and those who may wish to do so in the future (Algeria, Egypt). The committee provides the opportunity to discuss survey findings and prevention policies. The school surveys exercise is part of what is required by the National Observatories on drug and drug addiction that already exists in Europe and which is about to be set up in some countries of the Mediterranean Region. MedSPAD shares its expertise with the other European countries in particular with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) that is conducted in 35 countries and repeated every four years since 1995. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction (EMCDDA) joined MedSPAD as an observer in 2015. The South Programme “Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean” that is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe is also supporting this project. The next MedSPAD meeting is planned for 5 October. The first MedSPAD regional report will be available in the summer in English French and Arabic.

  On the way to closer cooperation with Georgia

Thomas Kattau of the Pompidou Group, met the Georgian Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs, Mr Archil Talakvadze, on 13 February to explore areas for closer cooperation between Georgia and the Pompidou Group. The Minister underlined the cutting edge role of the Pompidou Group in drug policy development. Participating in the Airports Group, the Precursor Network, as well as the activities on DarkNet monitoring would be among the priorities for cooperation with the Pompidou Group in 2015. Both expressed their hope that Georgia would become a member of the Pompidou Group in the near future. T. Kattau was also delivering a lecture in Sukhumi on drug policies in Europe as part of the 'European Lectures' organised by the Council of Europe's Confidence Building Measures programme.

New Drug Treatment Service in Moldovan Prisons

The Department of Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Moldova and the Pompidou Group agreed to implement two Therapeutic Communities (TCs) in one male and one female prison. TCs are micro-societies where clients are living 24/7 and experience all aspects of life challenges in a safe environment. They have been proved to be a potent methodology for treating drug dependency with very high success rate in treatment outcome. In addition to targeted trainings for prison staff, the Pompidou Group will support the construction of two prison wards where the TC members will live. The activity is part of the regional Pompidou Group project “Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Dependent Prisoners” that also covers Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. It is financed through the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF), 2015 – 2017.

  Support for displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment patients in Ukraine

The Pompidou Group in conjunction with HIV Alliance in Ukraine has launched a project to support internally displaced patients who previously benefited from Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. The project that is financed by Norway aims at catering for the basic needs and providing medical treatment and social assistance to 75 patients now receiving the treatment in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk. OST programmes have been discontinued in Crimea since May 2014 following the Russian Federation’s approach. Due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine medical supply of methadone and buprenorphine has also been discontinued in Donetsk and Lugansk. Since the introduction of OST in 2005 Ukraine reports improvements in HIV prevention and drug treatment.

Deutsche Welle article about the project
Pompidou Group Translaion of the article

Children see, Children act

The Pompidou Group launched its new drug prevention clip “Children see, Children act” during its workshop on Parenting Skills and Drug Prevention in Kiev, 10-12 October 2014. The clip is part of a joint drug prevention media campaign by the Pompidou Group, the Ukrainian State Drug Control Service, UNICEF and Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW). At the workshop NGO leaders, educators and prevention specialists from all regions of Ukraine discussed how to better involve parents in drug prevention activities. Over one hundred persons applied for the workshop reflecting the urgent need in Ukraine to provide training on primary drug prevention. The workshop has been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group and AFEW.

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Experts from Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories visit Malta

The MedNET programme of the Pompidou Group supports Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) services in the Mediterranean region. During two recent study visits by experts from Tunisia (20-23 January) and Palestine (2-6 February) to Malta experts exchanged their knowledge. With funding from the South Programme in cooperation with Sedqa, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services in Malta, the delegations from Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories were able to meet with staff and experts in drug rehabilitation in Malta and to visit rehab centers focusing on OST treatment. These successful study visits will help the beneficiaries to gain further knowledge of relevant procedures and methods easily adaptable to their specific local needs and to further foster co-operation and exchange between Mediterranean countries.

Bureau sets targets for 2015

The first 2015 Permanent Correspondents Bureau Meeting was held in Paris on 27 January. Ms. Lilly-Sofie Ottesen, Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Health in the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Service, chaired the meeting. She presented the priorities of the Norwegian Presidency of the Pompidou Group. The members of the Bureau also discussed implementation of the 2015 – 2018 Work Programme adopted by the Pompidou Group’s Ministers at their end-November conference, and agreed the terms of reference for the related activities. Jan Malinowski, the Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group informed the Bureau about recent developments in the Council of Europe and activities of the Secretariat. The Bureau also prepared the 76th meeting of Permanent Correspondents to be held in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 May 2015 where one of the main topics will be future interaction with civil society.

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10-11, Rabat
Rabat Round Table

11, Vienna
Women in Focus: Social Reintegration as a Key to Successful Recovery

12, Vienna
The Success of Therapeutic Communities in Prison - a Model for Europe

9-13, Vienna
Art Therapy and Drug Prevention in Prisons Exhibition

3-25, Ljubljana
Ljubljana Needs assessment seminar

26-27, Ljubljana
Qualifying seminar preparatory meeting

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