Sustainable, healthy and safe communities - how to design a modern and ambitious drug control system

The world drug problem is solved locally. In every city, in every school and in every home.

On July 16-17th ECAD was presenting its findings to delegates at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the conference titled Combating the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors, Vienna. ECAD spoke about the organsations work to counteract the European drug problem by drug demand reduction efforts aimed at environmental and primary prevention as well as the promotion of full recovery from addiction. 

Drugs have been used for medicinal, religious and recreational purposes since dawn of men. But yesterday’s use shares little resemblance to today’s global drug markets. Commercialization and advances in chemistry and communications have profoundly altered the toxicity and speed with which drugs traverse our globe during the last century.

The global drug control system is being strained but is our best hope to counteract the devasting impact from illicit drugs. Regulations of legal drugs are not successful examples to follow. Community-based and scientifically grounded actions and interventions at local level that targets the causes for substance use as well as vulnerabilities to organized crime can make the world drug problem significantly smaller.

ECAD´s point of departure for its work are the following assumptions:

- Drugs are the most harmful when made legal and commercially promoted

- Levels of drugs use can be addressed

- Drug addiction is in most cases a recoverable condition

- Adress vulnerabilities to organized crime to mitigate harms from the drug trade
 

The message of our presentation was that countries should adhere to the international principles to which they have already signed, i.e defend the integrity of the drug control conventions. Countries (Canada) that unilaterally breaches the international treaties they have signed on for and on which the rest of the worlds drug control system is reliant upon, should think twice before they legalize drugs.

If countries want to achieve a serious and long term reduction in drug demand they would do wise to study the true success story of the world - Iceland. An evidence based mapping of local risk and protective factors and subsequent long term and holistic change of the local environment in which youngsters are brought up can bring about a population level reduction in their willingness to take drugs.

To fully make people recover from drug addiction underlying issues that preceded drug need to be adressed. Drug treatment need to take into account and solve more problems than those posed by the drugs and equip persons with tools to adress challenges in life without drugs. A sustainable recovery takes time and need to be supported years after intitial treatment and stabilisation to increase likelihood of success.

To mitigate the harms posed by traffickers and criminals operating on drug money law enforcement would do well to cooperate with treatment and social service and act as an engine for the recovery of addicts with a criminal background. The presence of (large scale) organized crime in a society can be understood as a weakness in governance. The criminals need to be combatted and persecuted but to be sustainable, the governance weakness also need to be adressed.



In July, ECAD was present during the Swedish Annual polician week on the island of Gotland situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

We organised seminars and hearings on drugs, public safety and health during the week. Policians from all parties in the parliament came to our tent to share their view on how to make Sweden safer and their stance on drugs.

For the fourth consecutive year ECAD has been organizing seminars talks and events with partners Criminals Return into Society and Association for Drug Free Sweden at the annual politician week in Gotland Sweden. This year was an election year and every political party wanted to participate in our tent and give their view on how the society could be made safer. Down below we have listed the headlines of our sessions:

A safe society - the role of NGO´s

Per Johansson, generalsekreterare, RNS
Erik Leijonmarck, generalsekreterare, ECAD
Ali Reunanen, förbundssekreterare, KRIS

The left party (V) on drugs and crime

Linda Snecker, Vänsterpartiet

The liberal party (L) on drugs and crime

Roger Haddad, riksdagsledamot, Liberalerna

True and false on cannabis - state of the art of research on health harms

 Peter Allebeck, forskare
 Pelle Olsson, författare, journalist

The conservative party (M) on drugs and crime

Beatrice Ask, riksdagsledamot, Moderaterna

What does a social and liberal drug policy look like?

Johan Pehrson, riksdagskandidat Liberalerna
Niels Paarup-Petersen, riksdagskandidat Centerpartiet
Lars Ströman, ledarskribent Nerikes Allehanda
Gabriel Romanus, fd socialminister Liberalerna

The centre party (C) on drugs and crime

Johan Hedin, Centerpartiet

Shootings, open drug trade and marginalized communitites - what are the relationships?

Manne Gerell, forskare

Schools free from drugs

Staffan Hübinette , lärare och föreläsare

The green party (MP) on drugs and crime

Annika Hirvonen, riksdagsledamot, Miljöpartiet

The role of the customs service in adressing drug supply


Jessica Vikberg, tullinspektör och förbundsordförande RNS
Johan Lindgren, förbundsordförande TULL-KUST

The Social Democratic party (S) on drugs and crime

Morgan Johansson, justitieminister, Socialdemokraterna
Annika Strandhäll, socialminster, Socialdemokraterna

Life style coordinator

Ali Reunanen, KRIS

The prohibiton of drugs - a tool for early intervention

 Lennart Karlsson, ordförande Svenska Narkotikapolisföreningen 
 Sven-Olov Carlsson, projektledare, Prevent Don't Promote

The nationalist party (SD) on drugs and crime

Adam Marttinen, riksdagsledamot, Sverigedemokraterna

Never go back - Recovery from drug addiction and being a mother

Sara Woldu, ledare mammagruppen KRIS

The christian democratic party (KD) on drugs and crime

Andreas Carlsson, riksdagsledamot, Kristdemokraterna


Apart from our own hosted talks and seminars the Secretary General also participated in a discussion on cannabis from a medical and societal viewpoint organized by Uppsala University.

http://www.ufold.uu.se/Evenemang/Seminarier/almedalen-2018-behovs-cannabis-ur-medicinskt-syfte-klarar-sverige-en-legalisering/










Read more: Celebrate 40 years of successful recovery experience with San Patrignano this autumn

On October 10-11, 2018, ECAD organize a study visit to European biggest Recovery Community, San Patrignano, in close proximity to Riccione, Italy.

This year it will be the most festive occasion to participate in the WeFree days there since the Community will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Use this opportunity to find out more about San Patrignano`s successfull model for recovery and social reinsertion and talk to the members of the Community during ECAD special session of Questions and Answers.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.WeFree/Study Visit Programme here (PDF)

ECAD have negotitated a favourable hotel rates for you and blocked a number of rooms at Hotel Feldberg (Via Fucini 10, Riccione, ph. +39 0541641942) in advance.
Fill in the Booking form and send it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before August 31, to get the agreed hotel rates.


On October 10, a scientific conference on the elimination of viral Hepatitis by the International Liver Foundation, will take place at San Patrignano. ECAD have arranged for your free participation in this conference if you are interested.
Download the Conference Programme "HCV elimination in people who inject drugs. A roadmap for elimination in Italy: treating the infections and predisposing causes" (PDF)





On June 25, 2018, a press conference dedicated to the International Day against Drug Abuse was held at the Moscow Government House. The conference was attended by Evgeniy Brun, chief freelance specialist and narcologist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and at Moscow Department of Health, Svetlana Brown, president of the Moscow Scientific and Practical Center for Addictions and Head of the Public Relations Department of the Moscow Department of Health as well as Erik Leijonmarck Secretary General of ECAD.

On June 26, 2018 the Moscow city scientific-practical conference with international participation "Combating Drugs - Global Problems" took place, timed to coincide with the International Day against Drug Abuse. This day symbolizes the determination of the world community to strengthen international cooperation in creating a society free from drug addiction, contributes to a serious understanding in society of one of the main problems of our time — the problem of drug addiction. The event was attended by: a leading international organization advocating a drug-free Europe and representing millions of European citizens - European cities against drugs (European Cities Against Drugs - 249 cities in 30 countries around the world, also take initiatives and carry out various anti-drug activities in support of UN conventions - against the legalization of drugs and for a reasonable anti-drug policy); Health leaders and organizers; medical prevention specialists, general practitioners, general practitioners who provide primary health care and specialists of medical organizations of the Moscow state healthcare system of the stationary type, as well as employees of government departments and agencies, representatives of scientific institutions, public and other organizations

Read more: ECAD in Moscow on international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking

On May 30-31, ECAD Secretary General will participate in the Planet Youth workshop in Reykjavik.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Icelandic Model of Substance Use Prevention. Emphasis will be made on both the scientific pillars underlying the model, as well as practical applications.

The workshop is divided into three sections:

1. A brief history and scientific criteria for the model

2. Survey data collection, processing and dissemination

3. Community outreach and practical work with stakeholders. 


Read more: Overview of the Icelandic Model of substance use prevention - workshop in Reykjavik


Location: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Reykjavik, Iceland
Dates: May 30th and 31st, 2018
Times: 09:00 - 16:00 both days
Optional Study Visits: 1st of June 12:00 to 16:00

Light lunches included both days + coffee and snacks during breaks
Optional study visits June 1st

WORKSHOP AGENDA (PDF)





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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.




26th Mayors Conference - Cork 2019

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25th MAYORS´ CONFERENCE

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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MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017




 
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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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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (PDF)
    

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)

 Conference Booking Form

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Archives of ECAD's mailed newsletters from 2003 until 2013. To subscribe to ECAD's new email-based newsletter, click here.
Official ECAD mission statements in six different European languages.
The ECAD Resolution, crafted at a conference to increase cooperation between cities, provides inspiration and hope for areas with particularly difficult drug problems. The signatories to the resolution will affirm their decision to fight against the spread of drugs.