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.
EMCDDA suggests new psychoactive drug usage is rapidly growing in prisons and may be causing further drug problems in federal facilities, a phenomenon in need of a widespread response by communities and policymakers.
Delegates from around the world will gather to examine how, in the increased urbanisation of society, cities respond to changing populations, changing economic and environmental pressures and adapt to changing health behaviours, to ensure and promote health and wellbeing through engaging diverse groups and cultures.