In July 2010 a so called Stoltenberg Commission - working group consisting mainly of politicians - presented a report on reforming Norwegian current drug treatment system.

This report aimed at designing a new approach to public drug policy, proved to be rather controversial not only because of the prosals to transform injection rooms into users´ rooms to replace the "attraction" of open-drug scenes, its budgetary platform or a general approach to drug abuse as a health care responsibility.

Responsible for the report was Prime Ministers` father, Mr. Thorvald Stoltenberg, a reputed politician with 3 children, one of whom, Nini Stoltenberg, is known as a critic of the so-called "war on drugs" and a former drug addict.

The outcome of this report is not decided by the Norwegian government yet.

We publish Comment on the Stoltenberg report by Håkon Formo-Berntsen, Norwegian social scientist
with a profound experience in working with the most socially exposed groups, retired consultant by now.

Download Comment on the Stoltenberg report as PDF

ECAD is happy to announce that one more Italian city, Troina, is now a new member of European Cities Against Drugs. Troina (or Traina in Sicilian) is a town and commune in the proRead more: New ECAD Member: Troina in Sicily vince of Enna, Sicily, situated in the Sicilian hills and is one of the highest places in Sicily.

On October 27, Salvatore Costantino Garchiolo,  Mayor of Troina, signed the Stockholm Resolution at a national conference on illicit drugs.

ECAD director Jörgen Svidén participated in the conference as a speaker, along with several prominent speakers from Italy.

The conference, excellently moderated by  ECAD's National representative in Italy, Mr Fabio Bernabei, gathered more than 250 participants.

The contact between Troina and ECAD is a consequence of  Mr F. Bernabei`s thorough and impressive work for ECAD, which ECAD appreciate very much.

The city of Troina is affilliated to the recovery community of SanPatrignano, now with a new SanPatrignano branch office opened after the conference.



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

Read more: Highlights from the 3rd World Forum Against Drugs

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.


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.

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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.