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ECAD participates in a 2-year long EU project (TRIPLE R) on the exchange of the best practice in the field of recovery between EU member states. The project aims at reducing recidivism and crime in regard to drug addiction and spreading the cost effective and productive models on drug Rehabilitation, social Reintegration and Reinsertion of the drug addicts.
The project is run by San Patrignano Community, world`s largest therapeutic community for full recovery, which has been a partner for ECAD for many years.
4 well-known international rehabilitation communities are involved in the project and this winter and spring all project partners will participate in 3 study visits and 2 workshops, implying mutual learning and best practice exchange. The project has a pilot phase to be implemented later in Croatia, involving 3 different NGOs helping drug addicts.
The first study visit was made to the city of Ghent in Belgium on February 1-4, 2016, in order to investigate a unique practice of drug court`s in action. The visit was hosted by a Belgian NGO Popov GGZ, a consultation platform on mental health, including addiction.
We were welcome in Ghent City Hall and met the city Drug Policy Coordinator, Mr Filip De Sager, Provincial Drug Policy Coordinator, Mr. Bert Mostien and the heart of the Ghent Drug Court system, its liaison coordinator Mr. Alphonse Franssen (the three gentelmen pictured closer below from left to right).
The unique concept of Ghent Drug Court system is allowing a treatment to take place before any sentence or a verdict has been stated and a crime registered. The attitude of a judge at a Drug Court is thus strict but highly motivating, approving of a personal achievement and not moralizing about an addict. Also, crimes involving the use of alcohol are a matter of drug courts.
East Flanders uses an Integrated Treatment System, which became an evolution within the drug policy since 1998. The ITS consists of a complete set of care and treatment programmes for illicit drug users, guaranteeing customized care and its continuity, organized in a network. The therapeutic ideologies within the treatment programmes had to give way for solving concrete problems of the clients, which led to respect, shared vision and investigation of services available to make the treatment effective.
The city of Ghent applies a bottom-up approach to the drug policy, when the work priorities are chosen by the stakeholders of the local Drug Policy Steering Committee. The Committee consists of the police representatives, drug prevention sector of the city, NGO Popov GGZ, field workers, a mayor of Ghent and 3 deputies.
(Ghent City Hall)
Flemish Ministry of Health set Recovery as a main strategy, but that was not about sobriety or control. Recovery in Belgium is about establishing a fulfilling, meaningful life. The point of case management is also keeping people in treatment, helping them indirectly to stay sober and to sustain recovery.
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The Conference is a part of the Legal High Baltic Alert, a project initiated by ECAD at the end of 2015. The grounds were continuous alarming reports from our colleagues in the Baltic countries and in Belarus, and also the latest EMCDDA report (2015), which revealed the highest substance mortality rates in the region in Estonia, Sweden and Latvia (compared to other EU countries). That had in many cases to do with the unknown synthetic mixes.
This trend clearly undermines security and social welfare of each city in the region. We have pulled together a smart group of prevention specialists, policemen, EMCDDA scientific analyst, NGO activists, a forensic expert, a drug and media analyst and recovered Spice users to begin with. Join us for a fruiteful discussion in Riga, we will also come out with a report afterwards.
The Conference will take place at Anninmuizas bulvaris 26A, Riga Stradina University, from 9.00. a.m. untill 3.30.p.m.
Download the Conference Programme (PDF)
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ECAD Secretary General Erik Leijonmarck will be moderating.
Criminal Justice system plays an integral role in drug use prevention by protecting public safety, reducing the availability of drugs and discouraging use in the population. It can also be a powerful vehicle to promote recovery by leveraging its sentencing authority to promote treatment, healing and overall recovery of individuals, families and communities dealing with drug use.
Caroline Cooper, research Professor and Director, Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs, American University
Valérie Lebaux, Chief, Justice Section, Division for Operations, UNODC
Ali Reunanen, Lecturer and former addict, clean and crime-free for 21 years
Torbjörn Brekke, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services
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The project, Baltic Spice Alert, was born out of acute concerns raised by many professionals in Riga, Tallinn and Stockholm about the recent experimentation trend with synthetic cannabinoids (Spice mixes) among younger teenagers. The trend had had lethal outcomes in many cases among 14-15 year olds in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.
Also, the latest EMCDDA report (2015) reveals highest substance mortality rates in the region in Estonia, Sweden and Latvia (compared to other EU countries), which had in many cases to do with the unknown synthetic mixes. This trend clearly undermines security and social welfare of each city in the region.
ECAD is now forming a "core group" for the project, consisting of social workers, police and rehabilitation specialists, school coordinators, political actors, NGO representatives and students in the countries concerned.
We aim at improving institutional collaboration between the countries and the professionals concerned in order to reduce the use of Spices and to improve the health and social aspects of life in the cities. This can spin out to thematic cooperation between our partners and/or become a bigger project in the long run.
The first conference/seminar will take place at the end of January 2016 in Riga.
Welcome to join!
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ECAD next Mayors`Conference
Proactivity beats Reactivity -
Examining the evidence for sound drug prevention in our cities -
will take place in Stavanger, Norway, on May 9-10, 2016. The venue is Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel at Olav V`s Gate 3.
The 23rd ECAD Mayors` Conference will focus on how we should improve drug prevention efforts. Science tells us that investing in prevention works and can spare us from future problems, but it can be difficult to translate that knowledge into concrete action. However, the cities possess a rich pool of experiences and best practices that will be presented at the conference.
The deadline for Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel booking is April 10, accomodation for the negotiated prices after that cannot be guaranteed.
We are preparing the First Announcement that will be published here shortly.
Conference Booking Form
MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017
On June 12-13, 2017 the City of Kaunas will host the 24th ECAD Annual Mayors’ Conference “Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing”.
It is our pleasure to invite you to this important conference and to share successful examples of prevention, discuss common problems and find common solutions. Safe cities without drugs are the cities preventing effectively, policing crime, protecting thecitizens and their health.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
Picture: Kazys Mikalauskas
Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!