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 Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe.
This review aims to summarise the main aspects of the drug situation in Georgia, and to describe its main characteristics, trends and developments. It also attempts to identify drug information gaps, as well as the adequacy of the system of responses to the drug problem in the country.
A total of 41 new psychoactive substances were officially notified for the first time to the two agencies in 2010. This represents the largest number of substances ever reported in a single year, considerably up on 2009 (24 substances) and 2008 (13 substances).
The South East European Drug Policy Network held its third meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece in March 2011, during which participants shared knowledge and experiences from across the region, and identify common problems and key priorities for drug policy advocacy.
The South East European Drug Policy Network held its third meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece in March 2011, to share knowledge and experiences from across the region, and identify common problems and key priorities for drug policy advocacy.
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 email@example.com.
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…