EURAD marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Global Addiction Conference

EURAD marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Global Addiction Conference

This year, two representatives from Rome presented at the Global Addiction Conference in Rome on the topics of public health and recovery.

30th June 2014

EURAD's Secretary General Fay Watson and RUN's chief researcher, Eleanor Ryan-Saha of Durham University were asked to attend the Global Addiction Conference in Rome last week, to marke the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

At the conference, Fay Watson presented an overview of what a public health approach to drug policy could look like; focusing both on the needs of those in drug producing and well as drug consuming countries. The focus of the presentation was on the social determinants underpinning both consumption and use and how countries can best tackle these issues by looking outside of the normal drug policy framework. The work will soon be followed by a publication from EURAD on a public health approach to drugs.

Following this, Eleanor Ryan-Saha gave a notable presentation of her research on recovery with the Recovered Users Network, RUN. The research which was qualitative in nature, showed how self-esteem, self of sense and purpose increased during the recovery process. The research will be published by EURAD this autumn. Eleanor's presentation tied very well with the theme of this year's International Day Against Drug Abuse which was "recovery is possible", as Eleanor's presentation clearly showed that that was the case.

EURAD marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Global Addiction Conference

Fay Watson, EURAD