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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.

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.


  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.

Launch of research project in Ukrainian juvenile prisons

An international team of researchers met in Kiev on 4 September 2017 to finalise methodology and a guide with interview questions. This questionnaire will be used to interview boys and girls who participated in a 'Family Conference' in Melitopol and Priluky juvenile prisons, as well as their families and other concerned parties. For the next two months, a researcher will travel throughout Ukraine to meet the different interview partners and observe the implementation of a Family Conference in Priluky prison. The research assesses the quality of this Conferencing tool and is a prerequisite for a decision by the top leadership of the prison administration on whether the tool should be adopted as new standardised practice in all Ukrainian juvenile prisons. Since 2016, Family Conferencing has been successfully piloted by Ukrainian prison staff with the support of the Pompidou Group and the Dutch non-profit organisation Friends of Priluky. As a result, more than 40 Family Conference meetings have taken place in Ukrainian juvenile prisons in the last two years.

Pompidou Group and Russian Federation organise international event on NPS

The success of the Group’s 2016 Symposium on NPS in Venice led the Russian Federation to take the initiative to host an international expert seminar on 11-12 July 2017 in Moscow. The event is organized jointly by the Pompidou Group and the Research and Practical Centre on Addictions of the Moscow Department on Health. Experts from all over the Russian Federation meet with counterparts from other European countries to better understand the evolution of NPS and discuss effective responses. Prof. Evengia Koshkina, Permanent Correspondent of the Russian Federation to the Pompidou Group explained the evolution of psychoactive substance in Russia in comparison with other European countries. Elena Hedoux, Senior Project Officer at the Pompidou Group outlined the concept for a balanced policy on NPS. In addition to supply reduction efforts, demand reduction strategies must be further developed. In setting the tone for this meeting, Thomas Kattau, Deputy Executive Secretary, recalled in his welcome address the long standing cooperation of the Pompidou Group with the Russian Federation, and thanked Prof Koshkina for the staunch support for the Group’s work. The cooperation throughout all times has demonstrated the effectiveness and benefits countries working together on concrete drug policy strategies. Participants expressed the hope that such activity format, which brings the broad Pompidou Group knowledge and experience in to the heart of member States, will continue in the future.

Croatia joins MedNET

On 27 June, Croatia which participated in the first 1999 PG Conference in Malta on ”Co-operation in the Mediterranean Region on Drug use: setting up networks in the Mediterranean Region” and has been very active in promoting and facilitating drug policy cooperation and dialogue in the South East Europe in the last few years joined MedNET. Participation of this country will certainly represent an opportunity for both regions through which Croatia might be able to play a bridging role in bringing closer together these two regional cooperation mechanisms. This new accession outlines MedNET’ dynamism and reminds us of its continued relevance. 15 Countries are now Members of this network. Out of which 8 are Pompidou Group Member States.

Airports meeting addressing challenges

76 experts from 34 countries and 9 international organisations will participate in the 32 annual meeting of the Airports Group organised by the Pompidou Group on 6-8 June 2017. A great variety of airport and drugs related subjects will be addressed during the event.
RILO will open the meeting with the annual review on drug seizures in airports and mail centres, followed by presentations on the use of PNR, cash control, control of passenger and package flows, swallowers, organised crime, general aviation, police dog training, controlled deliveries and risk analysis.
Experts from different countries and international organisations will have the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to today’s challenges in airports and build on their established network.


1-4, Kiev
Workshop Emergency & Intermediate interventions

10, Paris
2nd Meeting of the PC Bureau

11, Paris
Preparatory meeting with Gender donors

13, Tbilisi
Towards societal consensus on alternatives to punishment in Georgia

23, Lisbon
8th MedSPAD Committee Meeting

23-26, Kiev
Workshop Direct care, diagnosis & comorbidities

24-26, Lisbon
2nd International Conference on addictions

30.10-1.11, Athens
12th Meeting of the EXASS Net Network

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