On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of activity since its foundation in 1978, San Patrignano Community celebrated the
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with some different events, to underline the positive impact
of recovery programs on individuals and communities. Read more about San Patrignano: The 40th anniversary and the celebration of World Drug Day
The international conference "Parliamentarians Against Drugs" took place on 4 December in Moscow, Russia. The forum was held
by the State Duma with participation of the United Nations; and the National Anti-Drug Union is also an official co-organizer
of the conference. Read more about The international conference "Parliamentarians Against Drugs"
Following a special wish of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences hosted a two-day Workshop on Narcotics: Problems
and Solutions of this Global Issue on 23-24 November 2016 in Vatican City. Read more about The Pontifical Academy of Sciences workshop entitled Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue
EURAD affiliate NGO PREPOROD from Montenegro, has celebrated 10 years as a grassroots recovery organization working in the
addiction field. The event took place on June, 29th in Nikšić, Montenegro. Read more about NGO PREPOROD celebrates 10th anniversary
Supporting Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5: Good health and well-being for all and gender equality, the Final Workshop
of the Project DAWN – Drugs, Alcohol and Women Network was held on 5 July in Rome Read more about Final Workshop of the Project DAWN – Drugs, Alcohol and Women Network
As part of EURAD's Erasmus+ Project "Drug Addiction and Awareness for Adults", we recently completed a one week training session
for our international partners to inform them of the drug situation in The Netherlands and about PR. The report contains presentations
from Yoni Dekker (Government of the Netherlands), Frans Koopmans (De Hoop Foundation), Renee Scholtes (Nova House, Amsterdam)
and many more to give you a taste of drug issues there! Read more about Now Available: Full Report of EURAD's Erasmus + Training in The Netherlands
Here you can find the full report of our joint European Parliament event held on 23rd September 2015 alongside the EPP Group
and Dianova International, including the full presentations, a summary of the event, photographs and more! Read more about Now Available: Full report of UNGASS European Parliament Event, 23rd September 2015
This week, EURAD's Fay Watson has been hosted by the Institute of Security and Development Policy and Gothenburg municipality
who have been investigating the environmental impact of drug use. Read more about EURAD Participates In Conference on the Environmental Impact of Drug Use and Production
EURAD member, Proslavi Oporavak, reports on a recent former user conference in the Balkan region. Read more about Member Focus: Balkan recovery symposium
Held by the Medical Women's Association of Belgium on 16th November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Read more about Event: Drugs Split Up The Addict, The Family & The Society
EURAD's Secretary General provided a brief description of our latest publication and some information about the EU's new proposals
on psychoactive substances Read more about Event Report: "Legal Highs: Portuguese Ban Is A Message To The World" 18th October 2013
EURAD's working group, the Recovered Users Network, were there to present their work! Read more about Recovered Users Network (RUN) present at the 14th EFTC Conference, Prague
RUN was officially launched this week (2nd October 2013) in the European Parliament, Brussels in an event hosted by MEP Marco
Scurria. Read more about Drug Treatment Shouldn't Become A Ghetto, It Should Maximise Opportunities To Recover: Message from the Launch of RUN
This conference will take place in Prague from 17 - 20th September 2013 Read more about EFTC 14th Conference on Rehabilitation and Drug Policy
Wednesday 18th September 2013
The Silken Berlaymont Hotel
Brussels Read more about The EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020: Combating Illicit Trafficking and Substance Misuse
12& 13th September 2013, Swansea, UK. Read more about 2nd International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances
An interdisciplinary conference for international researchers
in drug use and addiction studies from a range of research disciplines.
Aarhus University, Denmark. 21-23 August 2013. Read more about Complexity: Researching alcohol and other drugs in a multiple world
This conference will address the question of: What if the role of treatment, prevention and enforcement? and will take place
outside of Lisbon, Portugal from 23rd-25th May 2013. Read more about First International Congress on Drugs & Dependencies
This event will take place in Lisbon from 7th-8th February 2013. Read more about Event: New methodological tools for drug policy and programme evaluation
This will take place 6-8th May 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference ‘Testing the waters: first international multidisciplinary
conference on detecting illicit drugs in wastewater’ will be the first ever international conference to focus solely on the
fast-growing scientific field known as ‘wastewater sampling for drugs’, ‘drug wastewater analysis’, or ‘drug sewage epidemiology’.
Put simply, this is a new discipline with exciting potential for monitoring population-level trends in illicit drug consumption
and for assessing the efficacy of drug control interventions. Read more about Testing the Waters: First Conference on Drug Wastewater Analysis
Today we raise awareness of the negative impacts of drug use and trafficking. Read more about International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26th June 2012
The World Federation Against Drugs will host the 3rd World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm on May 21-23, 2012. Read more about The World Forum Against Drugs
The conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the 8th -10th June 2012. Read more about International Conference on Family Based Prevention and Positive Parenting
EURAD recently completed an epiosode of training events in Brussels and Amsterdam. Read more about EURAD Completes Media, Drug Prevention and EU Drug Policy Seminars
EURAD attended the UKESAD Conference, which took place from 10th-12th May 2012. In-depth summaries of presentations ranging
from the evidence of AA models, to club drugs to advice for alcohol/drug workers. Read more about Review of the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders 2012 Conference
Over 60 worldclass experts in how to recover from addiction will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees at over
40 presentations in London from 10-12th May 2012. Read more about UKESAD Conference 2012: How To Recover From Addiction, A Stong And Stable Recovery For A Strong And Stable Society
Health and Quality of Life - Health, Economy and Solidarity. 27-29th September 2012. Tallinn, Estonia. Read more about 9th European Health Promotion Conference 2012
Read more about Feedback from EUSPR Conference 2012
A selection of videos from the WFAD Conference 2012! Read more about WFAD Conference 2012 Overview
The conference takes place 6&7th December 2012 in Krakow, Poland. Places are still available. Read more about EURAD sponsors EUSPR Conference 2012
The next CND will take place from 11th-15th March 2013 in Vienna, Austria. Read more about Date for next United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs
This conference will take place on 10th & 11th December in Brussels. Pre-booking essential. Read more about Forthcoming Event: The New EU Drugs Strategy post-2012
EURAD member attends "Cities For Youth" Conference in Iceland
Our board member, Boro Goic sees what can be learnt from the Icelandic model of substance use prevention, at the Cities For
Youth conference held last week in Reykjavik.
27th March 2014
Report by Boro Goic of Proslavi, Bosnia & Herzegovinia (Board Member of EURAD & Chair of the Recovered Users Network)
Form 19. till 20. March at Reykjavik, I attended the Cities For Youth Conference. Approximately 100 guests from 12 countries attended the conference, some of them were government representatives and others
from the NGO sector.
The main focus of the two days was to spread ideas and information about Iceland's program of prevention which was successfully
implemented at Reykjavik, during the last 15 years. From 1998, when the substance use problems of young people were first
recognised in Iceland, they had one of the worst rates of substance use in Europe (drugs,alcohol and tobacco) and it was this
that made the city of Reykjavik and its citizens to take action.
Iceland established institutes for research on substance use in order to carefully track what was happening and to better
understand the local issues and on a practical level, the prevention programmes which were then introduced made sure to include
parents. After that the NGO sector included parents in their educational programmes and carried out programmes which addressed
issues like how to relate to their children on these issues. Sports associations had big part in the prevention programme
which targeted the youth as they provided with for example free access to leisure facilities. The government also introduced
new laws to help reduce drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
All these combined measures and actions resulted in Reykjavik becoming one of cities with the lowest rate of alcohol, nicotine
and drug use, with a steady decline over the last 15 years. Maybe the most important take home message from the conference
was the role of will to tackle the issue and the collective efforts of many different agencies (from NGOs, social workers,
sports associations etc). This is a great example for other cities that have problem like this, legislation can be taken,
individuals can be active but the biggest impact is of great will and common interest.
A video describing the Icelandic Model is available here:
We are a network of NGO's which seek an approach to the drug problem which emphasises the importance of prevention and recovery.
We represent our members at the EU and UN level. We are a registered non-for-profit organisation from the Netherlands and
we have a communications base in Brussels.