Fabio Bernabei`s  work to stop the use and spread of illegal narcotic drugs was extremely important for ECAD and lots of other international associations and NGOs. He will be immensely missed by those who were on the same wavelength for the promotion of a drug-free society.

fabio bernabeiFabio Bernabei died on Monday, May 30, 2016. Born in Rome on 1 November 1963, his untimely death is due to the return of a bone tumor which had struck him when he was just 16 years.

Journalist and essayist, who was trained at the school of Brazilian catholic thinker Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, he was a promoter of many initiatives and battles in defense of Christian civilization, especially as a founding member of Associazione Famiglia Domani (Association of Tomorrow’s Family) and Centro Culturale Lepanto (Cultural Center Lepanto), whose president he became in 2006.

Fabio Bernabei was a founder-director of
Associazione Osservatorio Droga and editor of its online magazine OsservatorioDroga.it, Italian National representative for ECAD, a correspondent of anti-drug international journal Narkotikafragan  and Drug Watch International (DWI, Washington), and a consultant for the Italian government’s Department of National Drug Control Policies. For his denunciation of the "drug culture", he received prestigious "International Veronica Guerin Award" in the category of freelance journalist.

Among his books, we remember those dedicated to refuting the drug ideology:
Storia moderna della droga (Modern History of Drugs), I Libri del Borghese, Roma, 2010; Cannabis medica?(Medical Cannabis?), Sugarco, Milan 2012;

Fabio updated the cover image of his profile on Facebook on July 15, 2014, with the face of Pope Francis and his following statement: «I would like to say very clearly: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise». And Fabio fought against this evil until the end, without concessions or compromises.

Read more: In memoriam of ECAD associate Fabio Bernabei

In 2014 Fabio Bernabei received Veronica Guerin Award from the ECAD City of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

We call upon our associates to keep him in their memories as a person who despite his health problems, has always fought for the good cause with utmost self-denial, generosity, sacrifice and courage. Suffice to recall that at times he was jumping from a plane to another, at least until he was physically able to do so, to attend drug-related meetings and events whenever they were taking place, from Wien to Tehran, from Istanbul to Sophia and Reykjavík in Iceland, and beyond.

RIP (Requiescat in pace) and let us remember him in our prayers.

Read more: EU Recovery project - update on study visit to Rome

A week in May, 16-20, was devoted to the EU project (Triple R) study visit to Rome and Centro Italiano di Solidarieta don Mario Picchi, or CEIS.

Triple RRR project has now its own website, click here for a detailed project description and all study visits.

The framework of the study visit reflected the need to understand the Italian rehabilitative model based on the "Progetto Uomo" ( "Project Man") ideals. A project "Man" has historically opened new opportunities for recovery in Italy, promoted acceptance for differences among the clients of the community, perceiving addiction as a humanity disease, different for each human being.

There are 1200 drug treatment communities in Italy and in 2015 there were 90 000 persons in treatment.
Italian perspective over the public and private governance in the rehabilitation of drug users has been oriented to the Christian and family values. It was developed with some assistance from the Vaticane,  explained CEIS Area coordinators, Massimo Caciolo and Andrea Pilloni.

"Project Man" implies that the more responsibility one gets as the treatment evolves, the less control is exercised on the way.
We were intorduced to the Progetto Uomo rehabilitation model applied at 2 therapeutic communities, at San Carlo residential facility in Castelgandolfo and at Santa Maria therapeutic Community. Both communities apply the 3-phase model  (physical intervention, phychological therapy and consciencious involvement) but have different residential programmes that can last 18-20 months.
Among therapy goals are individual autonomy (reaching autonomy, not sobriety (!)), remodelling cognitive maps (meaning that treatment centre is a place of awareness and care, where clients get their pharmacotherapy gradually decreased in a protected environment; and reshape their family relationships), and rapid resocialization.

 The project partners were involved in a psychodrama, reflecting a process of rapid resocialization. It is a technique to visualize in a graphic way a relationship in a group at one specific moment. The parameters used are "attraction" and "rejection".
We also had a glimpse into the double-diagnosis treatment by ECO programme.

The project partners worked on reorganizing the work load,  finalizing the main concepts for the manuals and set some new deadlines for the work on the Triple R Project publications on Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reinsertion as well as for the justice intervention handbook.

ECAD looks forward to publishing and spreading the manuals on Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reinsertion - the joint work of 4 established recovery communities in the EU and a handbook on Justice Intervention - the experience and knowledge of Drug Courts in Belgium put in print this autumn.

This is the first output of the RRR project that will be presented and spread at the EU headquarters in Brussels at the beginning of 2017.

ECAD invites all interested social workers, politicians, students, researchers, forensic scientists, policemen and teachers to our second project conference Why do most drug-related deaths occur in the Baltic Sea region?  in Tallinn, this Friday, May 27.

We shall take up the impact of new psychoactive substances in the Baltic Sea region, drug-induced deaths and highest mortality rates in the EU. The topic is mostly actual for Sweden and Estonia, and for our Latvian partners to a certain extent.

We will discuss the growing number of fatal outcomes as a result of drug overdoses in Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. To what extent does new psychoactive substances contribute to total mortality rates and why do most drug-related deaths occur in the Baltic Sea Region?
ECAD will also present a recent prevention project tackling the use of Spice in the southern Sweden. Maybe your city would like to join?

The Conference is arranged in cooperation with Tallinn City Council. We have the honour to use the beautiful Jaan Poska residence, at Jaan Poska str. 8 as our Conference Venue.

Conference Programme for download (PDF)

Warm welcome to Tallinn!

gamla Tallinn

Kian Reme, ECAD Chairman, has been recently interviewed in Norwegian newspaper (Aftenbladet.no). Kian Reme
He expressed his vision of Norwegian drug policy, affected to a great extent by ideological polemics and myths.

A notorious "Norwegian drug policy has failed" is one of such myths.  The truth is much more complex. Having a vision of a society free from drugs and having a vision of zero deaths in traffic are safety policies with much in common, states Kian in the article.

 Read the whole interview in Norwegian here.



Dear Mayor Conference guests,

in order to make it easier for you to find the Conference venue (Eiganesveien 64) , Welcome Reception on Sunday (at Ledaal, Eiganesveiein 45), Conference Dinner  on Monday (at Olavskleivå 25, Klubben), and Skagenkaien for the Boat Tour on Wednesday we have prepared a map for you down here.

Read more: Conference logistics in Stavanger
Klick here to view the map: Conference logistics

Your Hotels,Thon Hotel Maritim and Scandic Forum, are on map too. We hope you will find it useful.

ECAD Executive Board Meeting will take place on Sunday at 16.00 at Övre Kleive Gate 15, close to Klubben, is also on the map.

Map for Stavanger Conference logistics (klick here)


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.


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

Text to the slides (PDF)
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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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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