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.

Over the years, research has evolved in this field as demonstrated in the group’s publications: From a policy on illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances in 2008 and Towards an integrated policy on psychoactive substances: a theoretical and empirical analysis in 2010 and then in 2012 Reflections on the concept of coherency for a policy on psychoactive substances and beyond.
This publication attempted to put into perspective the salient points of what may be termed a coherent policy on psychoactive substances. It proposed six indicators, around which the concept of coherency was developed: conceptualisation, policy context, legislative and regulatory frameworks, strategic frameworks, responses/interventions and structures and resources.
The initial target for the use of these six indicators is that all drugs policies should be in line with the concept of “well-being”. At the very least, they should not contradict each other and at best they should be in harmony. On this basis, in 2013 and 2014, researchers refined these indicators and tested them in their countries, namely Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway and Portugal to verify whether they provided a valid tool to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a coherent policy on psychoactive substances.
The results appear in the 2014 publication Coherent policy markers for psychoactive substances and indicate that such markers may be indeed used as a basis for discussion on the issue of coherence and in some cases as a means to better implement coherent policies in respect to psychoactive substances, and also possibly policies that address other forms of addictive behaviour.

• 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
• Coherent Policy Expert Group, Council of Europe Office Paris, 17 February 2014
Register on Drug Research
The register, which was launched in January 2007, is an online networking tool for the research community and 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

suite Access to the register
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.

suite ESPAD Website

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 2012 ESPAD Impact Survey 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.

suite Further information
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 funded the holding 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 focusing 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.

suite All conferences

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"
suite 2014 : "Changes and continuity : researching evolving drug landscapes in Europe"
suite 2015: "Between street and screen: traditions and innovations in the drug field"

Summer School on qualitative drug research
The aim of this course was 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 summer school took place in Amsterdam in August 2008 amd 2009.

suite ESSD Website

The 2016 Annual Conference will take place 22 - 24 September 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be hosted by the Centre for Drug Research at Goethe University and the Institute for Addiction Research at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
The conference features well-known researchers in the field of social research on recreational drugs from all over Europe. Participation is free of charge.
Co-operation with the Mediterranean region
The Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and 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 national school surveys have been carried out in Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Publications and documents
The publications below are on sale in the Council of Europe Online Bookshop except those marked with a star.
For further information please contact us at pompidou.group@coe.int

suite Coherence policy markers for psychoactive substances
Publishing date: 2014; ISBN 978-92-871-7928-9
suite Pdf version

suite Reflections on the concept of coherency for a policy on psychoactive substances and beyond Publishing date: 2012; ISBN 978-92-871-7345-4
suite Pdf version

suite From a policy on illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances
Publishing date : 2008; ISBN : 978-92-871-6480-3
suite Pdf version

suite Drug treatment demand data - Influence on policy and practice
Publishing date : 2006; ISBN : 978-92-871-6086-7
suite Pdf version

suite * Research on Drugs and Drug Policy from a European Perspective
ISBN : 1-59326-078-4

suite Psychological drug research: current themes and future developments
Publishing date : 2006; ISBN : 978-92-871-6032-4
suite Pdf version

suite Biomedical research in the drugs field
Publishing date : 2006; ISBN : 978-92-871-6017-1
suite Pdf version

suite Connecting research, policy and practice - Lessons learned, challenges ahead - Proceedings, April 2004
Publishing date : 2004; ISBN : 978-92-871-5535-1

suite Drugs and drug dependence: linking research, policy and practice - Lessons learned, challenges ahead
Publishing date : 2004; ISBN : 978-92-871-5490-3

suite All documents of the Platform
suite All publications from Pompidou Group