Towards a balanced approach in dealing with NPS - Pompidou Group 2016 Symposium in Venice

The Pompidou Group is organising a symposium on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Venice, Italy, on 15 November 2016.
Over the past years there has been an unprecedented increase in the number, type and availability of new psychoactive substances, boosting serious harms reported in recent years. The key challenges revolve around the speed at which NPS appear, their rapid and open proliferation, and limited or no reliable information on their effects and harms. International experts and policy makers from across Europe and beyond will present examples of different approaches to meet the challenges associated with NPS. To open up a new focus on this highly relevant issue the Symposium will put a major emphasis on possible demand reduction responses to NPS. The Symposium will be held in English. The programme can be downloaded HERE.
Interested to participate? For more information, please contact:
Deadline for enquiries: 27 October 2016


  PTSD and SUD Prevention - assessment and capacity building in Ukraine

Pompidou Group experts from Israel and Ukraine were in Kramatorsk, Slovyansk and Severodonetsk from 30 September to 3 October to meet with more than 20 practical psychologists who work with Internally Displaced Persons in different mental hospitals and drug dispensaries in eastern Ukraine. The visit was organised as a follow-up to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training in July 2016 where participants acquired theoretical knowledge of the Israeli treatment protocol on anxiety and stress-related disorders, SEE FAR CBT. The main goal of the visit was to guide the psychologists in implementing SEE FAR CBT in their day-to-day work. Mr Miki Doron of the Israel Trauma Coalition provided methodological advice on how to use the SEE FAR CBT model to deal with trauma, PTSD and substance use disorder (SUD) prevention. The participants presented their own cases and received qualified recommendations and instructions related to obsessive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, desensitisation and in particular, rehabilitation of children and the elderly. The supervision visit is an activity of the Council of Europe project ‘Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine’.  

  First national school survey in Algeria using the MedSPAD model

‘Communicating the results of the school survey on tobacco, alcohol and other drug use in schools’ national seminar, Algiers, 11 October 2016:

The National Office for the Fight against Drugs and Addiction (ONLCDT), in cooperation with the MedNET network of the Pompidou Group, Council of Europe, and its partners in Morocco and Tunisia, held the national seminar on communicating the results of the national survey on the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.


  Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence”

Following Montreal, Paris, Geneva and Brussels, the Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence” is scheduled to take place in Rabat on November 30th and December 1st and 2nd, 2016. Its theme is access to ODT, a challenge for human rights.

This colloquy is supported by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine (SSAM), the French Swiss Group of Addiction Studies (GREA), the French Swiss College of Addiction Medicine (COROMA), the Addiction Federation (FA) and the Brussels Federation of Institutions for Drug Addicts (FEDITO). The Moroccan Addictology Association (AMA) is a stakeholder in the organization of this international event.

The colloquy will take place at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will be preceded by MedNET’s 20th meeting on November 30th also celebrating the 10th MedNET anniversary.



PG in Mexico: High level meetings and debates

Jan Malinowski’s visit to Mexico offered an occasion to meet senior government officials and authorities – Foreign Affairs, National Security, Drugs Commissioner, Attorney General’s Office – and discuss drug policy and Mexico’s possible move from observer to full member in the Pompidou Group. Opportunities were also evoked for broader dialogue of mutual interest with Latin America consistent with the UNGASS encouragement of North-South and South-South dialogue. Further, Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, had a productive meeting with the direction of Centros de Integración Juvenil, the main drug prevention and treatment entity in the country, and also met some representatives of other civil society organisations. The visit was organised at the invitation of Dr Manuel Ruiz de Chavez, President of the Mexican National Commission of Bioethics (CONBIOÉTICA), for Jan Malinowski to take part in events on “Bioethics and Public Health in the Regulation of Marijuana”. They included a Seminar at the National Academy of Medicine, supported by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), and are part of a broad debate in Mexico that seeks to bring ethics and public health, human rights and individual autonomy, evidence and science, and the views of all interested parties into a discussion that is taking place within and across various fora: parliament, national and regional administrations, medical and scientific communities, civil society, etc. Discussions also extended to ethical considerations around the medical and the para-medicinal uses of cannabis. This process was described as an example of good democratic governance in drug policy making.

MedSPAD committee moves towards harmonisation of data collection in the Mediterranean region

The 6th meeting of the MedSPAD committee was hosted by the SICAD in Lisbon on 21 September. Dr Joao Goulao, drug coordinator for Portugal, opened the meeting. Israel joined the committee made up of 9 countries. Country representatives gave presentations on MedSPAD surveys at national level in Algeria and Egypt and Israel.

The committee agreed to go one step further in collating all existing data on the prevalence of alcohol tobacco cannabis and psychoactive medication for the region.

11th EXASS Net meeting in Slovenia

Drug Policy experts from all over Europe shared experiences about the response to the needs of drug dependent people who are in conflict with the law. They visited Slovenian drug treatment centres and a prison in order to learn more about the Slovenian approach. Key discussion topics were the continuity of care, new psychoactive substances in prisons and regional cooperation. The expert meeting was hosted by the Slovenian Ministry of Health and Prison Administration and took place in Ljubljana and Maribor from 26 to 28 September.

The Pompidou Group supports the launch of the international ESPAD Report in Lisbon

The Pompidou Group is pleased to support the publication of the 2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) report. Through the work of its epidemiology expert group, the Pompidou Group was the sole international organisation to support the ESPAD survey at its launch in 1995 by a consortium of researchers brought together at the initiative of CAN (the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs).

Over the past 20 years, the Pompidou Group has continued to support this project by financing the participation of experts from non-EU Central and Eastern European countries at the ESPAD committee’s annual meetings, thus expanding the survey to wider Europe.

The Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD) committee which has been invited by EMCDDA participates today at the launch of the new ESPAD report (2015).
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The expert group responsible for reviewing national regulations on substitution treatment for opiates analyses the results of its public consultation, Office of the Council of Europe in Paris, 25 and 26 August

This group of health and legal specialists is responsible for identifying and detailing the criteria for the appropriate use of agonist drugs in opioid dependence treatment, in line with ethical standards, international law, scientific knowledge and medical best practice. The group comprises experts from the following countries: Algeria, Belgium, France, Greece, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey, and representatives of the EMCDDA and WHO. A scientific committee also brings together experts from Canada, Spain, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. This group has submitted for public consultation draft ‘guiding principles' for countries to help them develop or revise the legislative and administrative framework governing the prescription of agonist drugs used in opioid dependence treatment. Meeting in Paris, the group reviewed the results of this consultation in order to finalise the ‘guiding principles’ document.

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4, Paris
2nd Meeting of the PCs Bureau

11-12, Alger
Seminar on results of MedSPAD survey

12-14, Warsaw
8th Annual precursors meeting

24-26, Lisbon
Algerian delegation training on data collection


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