ECAD is Europe's leading organization promoting a drug free Europe and representing millions of European citizens. Drug dealing and drug abuse cause enormous problems in Europe. Nations and their citizens are affected by the consequences of drug abuse. ECAD member cities work to develop initiatives and efforts against drug abuse supporting the United Nations Conventions which oppose legalization and promote policies to eradicate drug abuse worldwide. Has your city joined ECAD?


Have a look at ECAD upcoming conferences this autumn, we have all listed in the menu to the left under Conferences.

Picture: Oscarsborg in Söderhamn, Sweden
Read more: Plan for 3 interesting conferences this autumn

2 Swedish conferences of international profile and an international annual event planned with WeFree Days of SanPatrignano recovery community are in ECAD focus.

Also, ECAD has successfully recruited a new Secretary General and we are looking forward to a new issue of newsletter in September.

Stay updated and visit our website regularly!


ECAD Sweden continues active networking with ECAD Russian branch despite political disputes. Many cities still wonder "What`s in it for me?" reflecting on ECAD cooperation with Russia. Well, here might be an aswer for you... 

Two prevention experts, Sven Persson and Marcus Häggström from Swedish county of Gävleborg, represented ECAD at a national conference for Russian drug abuse treatment in Western Sibiria, near the city of Irkutsk, on July 21-22.

The conference was arranged by ECAD national representative, Russian Narcology League, with Mrs. T. Klimenko, Russian Vice Minister for Health, E. Koshkina, Chief for Drug Addiction Treatment Department at the Ministry of Health and Eugeny Brun, head of Russian Narcology League, setting the scene.

A lot of effort had been invested in streamlining addiction treatment in Russia recently, however, much more should be done to improve outpatient treatment, prevention strategies and rehabilitation techniques, were the main opening remarks. Today, Russian addiction treatment experts research a lot on efficient evaluation methods as a part of modernizing national addiction treatment system.

Since 1980-ies, Russia had been a part of a conscious drug policy formation process and yet, there is little consensus on a common strategy for the enormous country by now. Today, according to the UN World Drug Report, 21% of all drugs produced in Afghanistan penetrate Russian market. Russia has the highest percentage of heroin addicts in the world,over 90% of all drug users in the country are heroin users.

Russian drug policy is relatively often critised in the media, however few of the critical voices actually visited farther regions of Russia, close to China, Japan and Mongolia. Drug addiciton issues are not municipal, regional or national matters, these are and should be dealt with globally, across the borders. Therefore, many Swedish cities have been networking for more than 10 years with their Russian counterparts.

Read more: ECAD Sweden networking in West Sibiria, Russia

After being interviewed by 2 Russian TV channels, Sven Persson and Marcus Häggström of ECAD Swedish network proudly present a report on the state of affairs in West Sibiria down here.

Download the story in Swedish (PDF)


ECAD network of Swedish cities welcomes to Söderhamn on November 6-7, 2014 for an annual meeting

Read more: ECAD Sweden: programme for annual conference

Download Conference Programme  in Swedish (PDF) here.
For information in Swedish click on ECAD Sweden in the menu to the left.


Drug Free America Foundation reports through the New York Times...

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Read more: World Drug Report 2014 and VNGOC meeting in Vienna

As mentioned before, the World Drug Report 2014 was released in Vienna on June 26.

ECAD was present together with a handful representatives from the Member States and some 40 NGOs scattered around a smaller Boardroom at the Vienna International Centre. His Excellency Ambassador Shama started the meeting and the UNODC Executive Director Fedotov and his staff presented the main results:
27 million people, or 1 in every 200 people use drugs in the world. 12,7 million people ( prevalence of 0,27%) inject drugs; 1,7 million people with HIV are injecting drug users.
Opium production has increased since 2012 and the trend is triggered by low prices and accessability of the drug. Cocaine production continues to decline. MTS` share on the global market had doubled during 2007-2012.
Changes on the cannabis market in Europe concern increasing seizures of cannabis resin. In the US, treatment demand for cannabis use and its consequences is increasing, according to the UNODC, which is a hint at the fact that cannabis is harmful.
The message of the Executive Director was: Evidence, explanation and encouragement of healthy lifestyle should replace the old "used" "NO to drugs".

Download World Drug Report 2014 (PDF) here

After some comments from the Member States present, Michel Perron, VNGOC Chair made a statement on behalf of the VNGOC. On June 27, Vienna NGO Committee on drugs held a regular general meeting. 


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ECAD has just received a letter of concern regarding ubiquitous promotion of marijuana use in the media in one of our member cities in the EU. The letter is appealing to the attention of the UN Secretary General.

We choose to publish this letter immediately and urge our members to spread the message through social media.

Ban Ki Mun
The Secretary-General of UN

 Dear Mr Secretary-General,

The Municipality Council Against Drug Addiction in Blagoevgrad turns to you in relation to June 26 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

We want to give voice to our protests against the advertising of marijuana in our everyday life
. This leads to brainwashing (as it is called) of our kids and youths, but also of parents. 
Relentless attempts at convincing our society that marijuana use is harmless and even healthy and helpful (that we see in different interviews and TV shows with pseudo-specialists, also movies and documentaries preaching about marijuana as a therapy means for lots of illnesses), lead to strong reactions from parents who deem this information scandalous, as we refer to moral and medicine.

Parents forbid their children to smoke tobacco and the media gives them advice to smoke marijuana instead. That is a heavy crime against both children and parents. The UN cannot approve of the harm to children’s health and take on a line of passive inaction and a lack of position in regard to this issue, especially on the 26th of June – the International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.  And yes, we do have cases of strong psychotic conditions among 15-16-year-old students because of the use of "weed".

We fully understand the endless amount of profit that marijuana trade brings to its dealers because  addictions can generate endless benefits to organized crime networks, to the mafia. The position of the UN must be to relentlessly protect the victims of this monstrous present-day “plague”, namely the drugs, and that - every single day!
The priority of each and every spokesman of all countries around the world ought to be a healthy life and welfare of children, not the power and money of narcobarons. This should be understood by humankind.

We don’t turn to the International Health Organization, because its silence in connection to this question – the drug use among children – is against the main principle of medicine- first of all, don’t do any harm! It is completely intolerable that doctors, wherever they are and whatever their main specialty is, can by their action or inaction harm children and adults.

We insist on a Resolution of the UN, to unconditionally state that drugs and selling drugs cannot be viewed as an official trade of goods, because, as it was already said, drugs destroy the freedom of choice, human intellectual capacity and turn the addicts into contemporary slaves.

We suppose that the 26th  of June – the International Day  against Drug Abuse - could bring the names of Veronica Guerin and Giovani Falcone to our minds and keep them deep in our hearts. We believe that there is no explanation needed here.


Temenujka Liubenova , MD

Head of McADA Blagoevgrad


Translated by Kristiana Buldeeva

Preliminary programme for WeFree Days and ECAD Seminar 2014

Read more: Invitation to WeFree Days and ECAD seminar in October 2014

Download WeFree Days Programme (PDF)

Download ECAD Booking Form (Word)

WeFree Days Programme in short:

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
19.00 Get-together at Hotel Feldberg: information about San Patrignano and ECAD seminar

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Bus transfer to San Patrignano from Hotel Feldberg
10.00 WeFree Award
10.15 Forum: Out of prison to build a better future—Alternative sentencing for offenders: best practices fostering social reintegration.
Lunch at San Patrignano community
14.00 Interactive Workshops in the Area Experience”, national and international best practices in the field of drug prevention, social malaise and marginalisation will run interactive workshops.
17.00 Bus from San Patrignano to Hotel Feldberg

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
10.00 Launch of the Euromedia Research Youth and Entertainment
Euromedia presents a research on the meaning of entertainment among youth and how much it is related to going beyond the limits and getting high.
Forum: Conscious Entertainment
Lunch at San Patrignano community
14.00. Study visit to San Patrignano facilities
Questions and Answers Session (visit to winery, stables, etc.)
17.00. Bus from San Patrignano to Hotel Feldberg

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

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UNODC has launched a global awareness campaign: "A message of hope: Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable"
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On the occasion of the approaching International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26, 2014, this topic underlines that

a) sustained success in the reponse to illicit drugs requires a balanced, cooperative and integrated approach, that addresses both supply and demand reduction;
b) that a balanced approach includes measures focusing on prevention, treatmnet, rehabilitation and social cohesion and
c) that science plays a key role in this process.

The campaign will show how the UNODC is helping to bridge the gap between science and practice by facilitating the dialogue of policy makers with the scientific community.

Find out more on the webpage dedicated to the campaign, where you will also find promotional material for teens, parents and teachers, as well as radio series on various types of drugs and videos from previeous world drug campaigns.

ECAD representative in Russia, All-Russian Narcological League, marks the International Day against Drug Abuse fourth year in a row. Also this year, under the auspices of Russian Ministry of Health, ECAD partners in Russia organize drug - free activities on June 19. Moscow City government contributes with premises for seminars, trainings, information points and drawing contests among children during the day.

ECAD will be present at the launch of the World Drug Report in Vienna. The event will be held at the Vienna International Centre on June 26th in the context of the intersessional work of the CND, which has already started preparations for the Special session of the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in 2016.
On June 27, ECAD will participate in the meeting of the Vienna NGO Committee on drugs. Have a look at the meeting agenda here (PDF)

ECAD is preparing to publish XXI Mayors` Conference presentations for you under Conference Papers in the menu to the left. Presentations in PDF-format will be published continuously during the next week, starting Monday May 26.

In the meantime, ECAD is engaged in 2 study visits.
A group of social workers and volunteers from Minsk, Byelarus is in Stockholm to meet ECAD and KSAN for our common project development on May 17- 24. We are happy to have steady and engaged partners with us!

Cooperation with Riga City and Riga Police has deepened during the last year. Latvian Minister of Justice made a constructive presentation on international engagement in drug policy this Monday and Riga Municipal Police is in Stockholm for a study visit on prevention work with youth, May 22-23.


21st ECAD Mayors`Conference, May 19-21, 2014
Hosted by the City of Stockholm

Download Conference Programme (PDF) here 

ECAD prepares for you a nice document folder with the detailed conference programme, an invitation to the buffet dinner at the Stockholm City Hall, speaker biographies, Stockholm map and latest ECAD publications. All the printed materials will be for your avail by the conference hall, if you need an extra copy.

As a registered ECAD Mayors´ Conference participant this year you contribute to the work of a small non-profit NGO "Maskrosbarn" that offers support for teenagers growing up with parents having addiction problems or mental illnesses.
"Maskosbarn" (or Dandelion children in English) arrange camps, hold lecture and activities for youth all over Sweden. Your contribution is a small sum that is traditionally used for purchasing giveaway pins, pencils or any other unnecessary items. You will receive a certificate of appreciation for your support to Maskrosbarn in your document folder.

Read more: 21st ECAD Mayors` Conference Programme


For the attention of ECAD Mayors` Conference participants

We have the pleasure of inviting you to 3 study visits on May 21, 2014:
Maria Ungdom, X-CONs and Fryshuset.

  • For a study visit to X-CONs -
We get together at Scandic Malmen Hotel at 08:45 for a short walk to Tjärhovsgatan 36.

  • For a study visit to Maria Ungdom -

We get together at Scandic Malmen Hotel at 09:20 to take the Underground to Finsens väg 9.

  • For a Study visit to Fryshuset-

We get together at Scandic Malmen at 09:30 to take the Underground to Gullmarsplan and then to stroll through the Kolerakyrkogård to our destination point.

Study visits will be led by ECAD Head office staff, we will have interpretation to Russian at Maria Ungdom and X-CONs. Read the information below, make your choice and let us know when in Stockholm at the conference.

Maria Ungdom
A counseling and treatment for young people under 20 with substance use issues. Clients are young people that are directed to Maria Ungdom from schools, social services, the police or healthcare system.
Maria Ungdom counseling and treatment center works in cooperation with all national and local authorities concerned with drug issues. The center is of special value for the joint actions with the police when the latter come across young people under the influence of alcohol and illegal substances.
Counseling center has a vast spectre of treatment alternatives, from detoxication to motivation talk, group work and long-term planning of treatment measures.
The work with young people takes place in combined effort with their parents, school and other actors involved.

X-CONs – client organisation for substance users
Together with KRIS is a vital source of help for drug users on their way to leave the criminal lifestyle and substance abuse behind.
X-CONs clients take part in self-help group-work the way NA- Narcotic Anonimous do.
X-CONs work actively to involve substance users in work and assist the clients with lodgings as well as they provide an invaluable support to fill in their free-time with meaningful activities of cultural, entertaining and athletic nature.
In Sweden, a great deal more drug users get support from client organisations and self-help groups compared to the amount of help provided by social authorities, nationally responsible for addiction treatment.

Fryshuset was founded in 1984 and is constantly changing and developing. It is now as famous for its social work as it is for education, skateboarding, basketball, music and other leisure time activities.
Today Fryshuset runs several schools and programs for vocational training, seminars and conferences, courses in theatre, music, and sports as well as hosting events, concerts, parties and discos. It even has its own church, the Fryshus-church.
At the onset, sports and music were the sole activities, but social issues made their way into the agenda as a reflection of young people’s wishes and needs.
One such early example came in the summer of 1986 when violent riots occurred between differing teenaged groups in Stockholm. The Swedish government asked Fryshuset to step in and help relieve the situation. Fryshuset launched a campaign, touring around the country lecturing on constructive alternatives to violence.