Today, October 24, ECAD launches a new publication "Highlights from the 3rd World Forum Against Drugs" - a compilation of extracts from speeches and presentations made at the IIIrd World Forum Against Drugs in May in Stockholm 2012. 

This brochure is produced together with Swedish organisation RNS and is a selection of strong political statements, colourful presentations and lastest research results in prevention and treatment from all over the world to be disseminated at Drug Focus, a biggest Drug Policy Fair in Sweden that takes place at the end of October.

"Highlights..." is a compilation you can always return to for citations´ referral, basic data on research and for inspiration.

Contact ECAD Head Office to get a hard copy of the "Highligts..." printed in colour: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can download the broschure "Highlights from the III-rd World Forum Against Drugs" (PDF) here.

"Alone we are helpless; together we are unstoppable."

Robert L. Dupont, M.D.
Founder and President of the Institute for behavior and health, Inc., Maryland, USA

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As announced last week, October 18, the City of Klaipeda and Klaipeda University in Lithuania arranged international conference called “A Healthy City: The Reality and Future Prospects”.

This well visited and thoroughely organised conference had many topics to discuss in connection to drug abuse, as well as it had speakers from all over Europe. ECAD’s director Jörgen Svidén participated by giving a lecture on different patterns of drug use in Europe. 

The City of Klaipeda has since long proved to be a very engaged and active member in ECAD, which is much appreciated. ECAD welcomes initiatives like this, where the participants get to listen to interesting speeches, to receive new information and knowledge, and to establish contacts with people from other parts in Europe than their own.



After visiting Lissabon and EMCDDA last week and meeting Mr Roland Simon, head of the Interventions, Best Practices and Scientific Partners Unit, to talk about new ways of analysing the research results by EMCDDA, it is now time for ECAD to support Klaipeda initiative.

Today, October 18, 2012, Lithuanian city of Klaipeda holds a conference on a concept of healthy cities 2009 - 2013, "A Healthy City: Reality and Future prospects".
This is an international conference with a focus on sharing experiences and health interests` inclusion into all local strategies.
Public sector specialists, representatives of academic community, experts and practicians will be participating.
ECAD Director Jörgen Svidèn is now in Klaipeda to make a statement at the conference and support one of the most active cities in ECAD network.

Next week ECAD will be speaking about the importance of prevention at the local conference in Sicily, Italy.
Two uplifting days full of inspiration at the WeFree Forum (October 5 - 6, 2012) with several therapeutic communities represented - De Hoop (The Netherlands), Basta (Sweden), SanPatrignano itself and a newly startRead more: WeFree Days in SanPatrignanoed Jägersberg near Norwegian city of Kristiansand - produced plenty of discussions. Colleagues and friends who participated in ECAD seminar and WeFree days talked a lot of learning about sobriety and filling the void of social exclusion with bridged relationships, not with drugs.

The panelists of the first day, a
mong them Rowdy Yates, a president of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (TC), agreed upon the thought that TC is not about living in a community, it is about learning to live right, to live a "normal" life, attaching value to the people, being responsible and less egocentrical.

Daily pressure and plenty of room for individualism distort ge
neral human values and often become the reason why drugs are being used in modern societies. Modern culture of youth is driven by immediate struggle for consuming everything right now and leaves little space and time for care or attention towards members of the family, friends and humanity in general.

Prevention and reco
very is about giving the right skills and competences for young people and their families, being close to children, putting family members close to one another, TC panel participants consented.

Frans Koopmans
, responsible for prevention and public relations at De Hoop Foundation, spoke about the right choices for young people, stressing that importance of influence of norms in social context must be addressed at all levels, governmental and local levels, as well as at the family level.

Read more: WeFree Days in SanPatrignanoMore than 2000 guests participated in the Forums on Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, including ex-Mayor of Milan Mrs. Letizia Moratti, a newly appointed President of RAI Mrs. Anna Maria Tarantola who was on the discussion panel on Saturday, together with Mr. Giovanni Serpelloni, Head of the antidrug policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Dr. Gilberto Gerra, Chief for drug rehabilitation and prevention at the UNODC.

Dr. Gerra pinpointed that interpersonal relationships lie at the heart of prevention. Recent American research revealed that 13-19 year old regular cannabis smokers have 8 to 10 points lower IQ than their drug-free counterparts. Thus cannabis smoking implies social and emotional impairment to the individual development of young people.
Quo prodis?
- Who is interested in having a new generation of people having lower IQ, wondered Doctor Gerra openly.

Young people should act as protagonists against the normalisation of drug use for - "who wants to live in a society where drugs are a way of life?"

ECAD supports this message wholeheartedly and thanks SanPatrignano for this event of tremendous importance and for inspiring insight into their community life!

Download the Programme for WeFee Days (PDF)

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ECAD is ready to publish an updated programme for WeFree Days in SanPatrignano and ECAD seminar, October 5-7, 2012.

Read more: Updated Programme for ECAD Seminar at San Patrignano

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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.


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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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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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.