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 European Harm Reduction Network, which was recently formed by 10 organisations with a shared interest in advocating for harm reduction in Europe, will be hosting its first meeting, which will consist of plenary sessions and capacity-building workshops.
In 2010, observers of the UK heroin scene noticed signs of disruption in the normally well-supplied and efficiently administered UK heroin market. IDPC has been monitoring the situation closely, both in the UK and continental Europe. This briefing paper provides an overview of the European…
This paper analyses the difficulties and challenges NGOs are facing in their harm reduction work, along with gaps and shortcomings in this field, and provides recommendations for the further development of appropriate harm reduction programmes in the region.
The aim of the Network is to promote collaboration and exchange of information among the participants. This session was attended by 27 participants, both from NGOs and national governments and focused on two topics: harm reduction, and the Roma population. This report summarises the main…
As part of the project "Network of community services for alternative sentence" supported by the European Commission, an informative workshop was held with law enforcement officers on 12 November 2010 in Durres, Albania.
This is the only conference focusing on treatment with pharmacological and behavioural antagonists. The participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations on topics related to treatment.
As part of the EC-funded project "Network of Community Services for Alternative Sentence", this seminar focused on the services provided by the project's partnership organisations and the Probation Service Office in Fier to discuss the issue and opportunities for collaboration.
The European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) has been recently formed by ten organisations with a shared interest in advocating for and sharing knowledge on harm reduction within Europe. If you would like to join EuroHRN please email Maria Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Working Group of the South East European NGO Network will meet to discuss further consolidation of the Network, its formal structure and the action plan for 2010-2011. The meeting will be followed by a seminar co-organised by IDPC, which will focus on harm reduction, civil society engagement with national governments and NGO work with Roma communities.
This magazine features interviews with police officers from South East Europe and Eurasia who express their views on their countries’ law enforcement strategies, which often focus on arresting drug users for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.
NGO Veza organised a study visit to Slovenia from 11th to 14th April 2010 for 22 representatives of institutions and civil society organisations working with drug users in Serbia. The main goal of this study visit was to enable participants to learn about the treatment and harm reduction services…
Brett Davidson (Open Society Institute’s Public Health Programme, Cape Town) interviewed István Gábor Takács, from the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). István has produced more than 200 short advocacy videos as part of HCLU’s successful video advocacy programme.
On the 19th and 20th March, 2010, the Andreas Papandreou Foundation (APF) and IDPC co-hosted the first informal policy dialogue for the South East European region. A report from the meeting's discussions is now available online.
The EMCDDA’s 10th scientific monograph, entitled Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges provides a comprehensive overview of the harm reduction field. The core audience of the monograph comprises policymakers, healthcare professionals working with drug users, as well as the wider…
On the 19-20 March 2010, APF and IDPC co-hosted the first informal policy dialogue for the South East European region. The dialogue was attended by NGO presentatives and policy makers from 8 countries in the region.