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September 8-11

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ECAD visit to Italy started with a seminar in Riccione, close to Rimini. Swedish ambassador to Vienna, Mr. Hans Lundborg, gave an impressing overview on work against drugs and drug misuse in European arena, with a focus on the work carried out in the United Nations (UNODC). This included some interesting discussion among the 50 participants.

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The Seminar was followed by a visit to San Patrignano and their WeFree Day. This is San Patrignano’s  biggest annual event with high level international speakers, workshops and other activities.

 Among the speakers was Fabrizio Gandini, Minister for Justice in Italy, Honourable Franco Frattini and Viviane Reading, EU Commissioner. ECAD participated in the many events arranged in the Community and we were all impressed and satisfied.

ECAD’s seminar also included a round tour in San Patrignano, where the different working places were showed, as well as good opportunities to interrogate the management and people living in the Community with a number of questions.


San Patrignano is an impressive and very successful treatment facility with some 1 800 former addicts, living together for long term residence. Since 1978, San Patrignano has taken in over 18,000 people, offering them a home, healthcare, legal assistance, and the opportunity to study, learn a job, change their lives, and regain their status as full members of society. San Patrignano welcomes all young men and women who have serious drug abuse problems, regardless of ideology, social background, or religion, and completely free of charge, accepting no payment or funding from their families or the government.

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ECAD plan to arrange a Conference close to San Patrignano even next year, 2011.