In South East Europe, penalties for drug offences remain high, although some efforts are being made to reduce penalties for drug use and possession. More recently however, governments have responded to increasing levels of NPS use with strong law enforcement efforts. In parallel, the economic crisis has had a devastating effect on the availability of harm reduction programmes.
The EMCDDA describes the main effects of COVID-19-related restrictions on the drug using population and on the provision and demand for drug services, and their gradual adaptation to the changing situation in countries from the Western Balkan region.
The Drug Policy Network South East Europe and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) invite you to participate in the webinar that will provide information on the new European Union drug strategy.
The EMCDDA presents the results of the ESCAPE projects which collected and locally disseminated some laboratory-confirmed local data on injected substances and patterns of injection that can help guide local responses.