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Coming soon: Launch of Therapeutic Community and International Conference in Chisinau

After a series of in-depth trainings for prison staff and civil society representatives between 2015 and 2016 and a simulation of how to run a Therapeutic Community (TC) that took place on 16-18 October 2017 in Pruncul prison in Chisinau, Moldovan specialists are ready to enrol drug dependent prisoners in this new treatment programme. The official launch of the first prison-based Therapeutic Community in Moldova will take place in the morning of 29 November 2017. In the afternoon the same day the Pompidou Group will be the opening of the international conference on “Rehabilitative Approaches to Drug Dependent Prisoners”. At the conference delegations from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine as well as international experts will present good practices in the prison and criminal justice field. The two events will close the regional project of the Pompidou Group “Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Dependent Prisoners” which is part of the joint European Union – Council of Europe "Partnership for Good Governance (PGG)" programme.

MedSPAD Committee presents its report at Lisbon Addiction, 24 October 2017

MedSPAD is the Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs. This project is carried out within MedNET, the Pompidou Group’s Cooperation Network in the Mediterranean Region on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
During the Lisbon conference, the MedSPAD committee will present a report on the prevalence of the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs”
It follows the first report in nine countries in the Mediterranean region in 2015 “A first glance of the situation in the Mediterranean region in relation to the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and drug use among adolescents”.
In this second report, twelve countries provide prevalence estimates and the respective confidence intervals for the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and medication with and without a medical prescription.
Six of the countries, i.e. Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Malta and Portugal, border the northern rim of the Mediterranean whereas the other six countries, namely, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia border the southern rim of the Mediterranean.

Kick-off of training series on PTSD in Ukraine

More than 25 psychologists and psychiatrists from different regions of Ukraine deepened their knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at this first training organised by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. The workshop entitled “Emergency and Immediate Interventions” focussed on early detection, diagnosis and treatment of acute stress reactions among IDPs who experienced traumatic situations. The participants also practiced various simulation and relaxation techniques that are used to help people in distress. The event has been organised under the Council of Europe project ‘Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine’ and was led by experts of the ICSPC (Israel Community Stress and Prevention Center) and the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC). Two additional workshops, supervision sessions and a final round table will be organised this year in the framework of this project to further improve psycho-social support for IDPs in Ukraine.

Seminar on ‘Policy choices and addiction’, Tunis, 23 September 2017

The Minister of Health, accompanied by the Secretary of State, underlined his determination to support the efforts of healthcare stakeholders in preventing and treating addiction as a public health problem.
The seminar was organised by the Tunisian Society of Addictology (STADD) within the framework of MedNET and enabled the sharing of France, Portugal and Lebanon’s political strategies on drugs. The issue of economic and social costs and the unintended consequences of policy choices were presented.
At the end of the discussions, recommendations were made for a coherent law on drugs.

  Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice” Rome, 26-27 June 2017

This event, co-organised by the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (Dipartimento politiche antidroga) and the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, takes place on 26 June,
on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The importance of appropriately mainstream gender in drug-related policies and programmes is recognized in the outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem and in the CND 59/5 resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug related policies and programmes.
At the opening of the seminar by Ms Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stresses in a video address that “women who experience the coincidence of drug use and violence are among the most marginal voices in our societies” and that their interest and rights “are the most easily ignored”.

Her statement is backed by the policy-makers, researchers and practitioners who present good practices in women and drug addiction research, prevention, care and treatment and, drug related offences with the ultimate aim of integrating a gender dimension in drug policy. To this end, Italy, Spain and Sweden present how the gender dimension is introduced into their national drug strategies.


  New PG Brochure: Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The Pompidou Group works closely with national policy makers and practitioners to develop drug strategies and tools that focus on improving health and human rights in the criminal justice systems. This includes interventions that help to reduce crime, prison overcrowding and stigmatisation of drug-dependent persons. The brochure ‘Criminal Justice and Drug Policy’ introduces the work of the Criminal Justice and Prison Programme of the Pompidou Group – by giving a voice to both leading experts and people who have survived drug dependence and experienced related hardship in prison.

New Publication: Drug Treatment Systems in Prisons

The new publication “Drug Treatment Systems in Prisons in Eastern and Southeastern Europe” sheds light into the situation of drug users among criminal justice populations and corresponding health care responses in ten countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Prisons differ across different countries, as do prisoner populations. In some of the countries in the study there is an almost complete unavailability of effective drug dependence treatment (e.g. Opiate Agonist Treatment), or the potential of these treatment has not been exploited yet to its full. But also models of good practice exist in a few of the researched countries. The publication is a product of the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe project “Improving Drug Treatment Systems in prisons” which was financed by Luxembourg.

MedNET, TAIEX, EMCDDA Cooperation: Training Egyptian experts in Cyprus on European Drug Prevention Quality Standards

From 11 to 13 September 2017, the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council organised training on European Drug Prevention Quality Standards for an Egyptian delegation. The study visit was proposed by Cyprus as part of the Pompidou Group MedNET 2017 work programme. MedNET representatives from Egypt replied to this offer by nominating a delegation of four experts.

Based on good cooperation between MedNET and its counterparts and through the efficient support of Cyprus, an active MedNET member, the training is being provided by EMCDDA. TAIEX, the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission, is funding the participation of three experts, and MedNET is funding the participation of one expert.


8-9, Thessaloniki
South East Europe IT-Project

16, Rome
22nd Plenary MedNET

20-21, Pisa
2017 Annual ESPAD Meeting

21-22, Strasbourg
81st Meeting of the Permanent Correspondents

22-24, Strasbourg
10th Chemical Precursors annual meeting

28-29, Chisinau
International Conference ‘Rehabilitation Criminal justice responses to Drug Use’

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