Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
Supervised drug consumption facilities aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and connect high-risk drug users with drug dependence treatment and other health and social services.
The aim is to facilitate professional development, covering a range of topics and allow a forum for networking opportunities, information sharing and innovation to be shared amongst the substance misuse treatment providers and our partners.
Experts on drug control from the worlds of science, media, economics, policy and law enforcement will discuss what goes on behind the scenes of British drug control policy-making, and where the future may take us.
Germany violated the rights of a heroin user by denying him access to his drug substitution treatment while in prison, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The inmate has struggled with dependence for decades.
If you do have a search, you'll notice that barely an hour goes by without a news story about drugs. But like any industry - and like drugs themselves - quality is everything. What’s our fascination? How can we press dialogue into action? And let’s test the purity of drug journalism?
This rapid communication provides an update on drug related hospital emergency presentations in Europe with a specific focus on the latest results for acute drug toxicity presentations to the European Drug Emergencies Network.