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 CSIDP Conference will bring together civil society organisations, national and European policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss for the very first time the importance of civil society involvement in drug policy.
NGO Juventas believe that the system of support for young people who are using psychoactive substances is underdeveloped and it is crucial to adjust the services to their needs, to fight and reduce the stigma surrounding young people who need help.