ECADs 26th Mayors Conference - Pathways to Recovery is now open for registration!

The conference will be held in beautiful Cork on Ireland on June 13-14th 2019 and discuss the topic of recovery from addiction.

In what ways can municipalities facilitate recovery among their citizens? What ís recovery capital? How can we replace the chain of brief interventions, health stabilizations, relapses and criminality to sustain a long term recovery? How can we progress those with an addiction along a journey from being a heavy burden on themselves and others  towards becoming valuable and contributing members of their societies?

These are some of the questions we look forward to discuss with you.

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ECAD is organizing a workshop on evidence based primary prevention in cooperation with reserachers from Iceland. The workshop co-organized with the city of Stockholm and the Stockholm county.

Participation is free of cost.

09.00-09.20 Introduction

Sofia Herlitz County Administrative Board Stockholm

Therese Holmkvist Stockholm City, Social Administration

Erik Leijonmarck, ECAD

09.20-09.50 About Planet Youth – how it started and what was done,

Jón Sigfússon, Planet Youth, ICSRA, Iceland (in English)

09.50-10.30 Theoretical starting points and scientific evidence

Inga-Dora Sigfúsdottir, Planet Youth, ICSRA, Iceland (in English)


10.45-11.30 About Planet Youth in Sweden – challenges and way forward

Håkan Leifman, Planet Youth ICSRA

11.30-12.00 Discussion, questions

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Read more: Workshop on Evidence Based Primary Prevention in Stockholm 6 February
ECAD Secretary General was invited to speak in a podcast on drugs on Youtube called "Hur kan vi (tala om narkotika)" - How can we speak about drugs? The conversation was ongoing for 90 minutes and touched upon some aspects on the meta debate on drugs and what societies can do to counteract the drug problem.

The discussion is likely to continue. The recorded Youtube podcast can be viewed here.
ECAD was one of the main presenters at Swedish Conference Drogfokus in October 2018. Drogfokus is a conference for government agencies responsible for treatment and prevention of drug use and abuse as well as the criminal justice system. Alcohol, tobacco, narcotic drugs and doping substances was the topic of the conference. ECADs Secretary General presented ECADS view from civil society on narcotic drugs for a 900 head audience.

The speech was recorded by Swedish media and can be viewed here.

Read more: ECAD Speaks at Health Conference Drogfokus in Uppsala, Sweden
Early in October ECAD organized a study visit to SanPatrignano recovery community and used the opportunity to visit a workshop on viral hepatitis conducted at the same time.
The workshop took place in SanPatrignano and was accredited by the Italian Ministry of Health.
The red line in the discussions was the need for a common strategy that should account for regional approaches, subpopulations and settings.
As there are many medical specialists among ECAD members who might find this topic very interesting, we publish the Conference Highlight Report here (PDF).

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ECAD's activities from year to year culminate in the annual ECAD Mayors Conference, hosted by a distinct ECAD member city every summer. Councillors and other politicians and policymakers convene with academics and civil society organizations to participate in seminars and study visits, discussing the latest developments in drug prevention efforts throughout Europe.

26th Mayors Conference - Cork 2019



and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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Conference materials

Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)

Supply reduction in Peril?  A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

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In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)

Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)


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Photo: Götaplatsen @ Klas Eriksson

Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.

In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.

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ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials

On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017

Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing

Key-note speakers:

David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region

Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)

Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime

Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)

 Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE

Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:

A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)

Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA

Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)

Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL

European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)

 Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy

Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)

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Archives of ECAD's mailed newsletters from 2003 until 2013. To subscribe to ECAD's new email-based newsletter, click here.
Official ECAD mission statements in six different European languages.
The ECAD Resolution, crafted at a conference to increase cooperation between cities, provides inspiration and hope for areas with particularly difficult drug problems. The signatories to the resolution will affirm their decision to fight against the spread of drugs.