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Best Western Santaka Hotel and The Kaunas Hotel are available for ECAD conference guests at a special negotiated price by May 1, 2017.
You book your accomodation yourself, contact your chosen hotel and state that yours is an ECAD booking.
It is very convenient to use both hotels` shuttle service offer to get to Kaunas if you arrive at Vilnius airport. The service costs 80 € and you will receive this offer when your booking is received and approved by the hotel you choose.
Kaunas in summer is a wonderful place to be, the old city is often called a "Paris in a miniature" and the city has been announced as the European capital of culture.
Use this opportunity to get to know more about Kaunas and the ways of preventing, protecting and policing safe cities this June!
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (pdf)
KAUNAS CITY HALL, Picture: @G. Banaitis
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Our thoughts and hearts lies with the residents of St Petersburg and Stockholm who both suffered from vicious acts of terrorist madness within just a couple of days.
The attack in St Petersburg resulted in at least 14 dead victims and many more wounded. It is still too early to call out an exact number for the attack in Stockholm, so far 4 deaths have been confirmed.
ECADs main office is situated in Stockholm and our staff was only a short distance away from the site of the attack. Unconfirmed rumours spoke about gunfire a few blocks away in another direction. The choice between staying in office or trying to reconnect on foot with their families using small alleys and streets suddenly became a matter of life and death for our staff.
Fear, uncertainty and a sense of unreality yet also keeping calm, solidarity and rational thinking characterized the residents of Stockholm yesterday.
Already a number of heroes can be called out. First of all, the truck driver whose vehicle was hijacked yet who actively fought and resisted by putting himself in the way of the hijacked truck, should be recognized for his bravery. Several by passers rescued pedestrians into shops and cafés away from the runaway truck. Many others assisted stranded commuters with housing and logistical assistance. Police, medical and rescue personnel deserve a great shout out for their efforts yesterday and last night.
Our impression of the authorities’ efforts to uphold security and investigate those guilty of the attack is good. Police agencies seem to work well together, be rehearsed and professional in their dealings with the general public and media. Two arrests have already been made in northern Stockholm and the police have been very present in the streets during yesterday.
We now hope the perpetrators have been arrested, and we can leave the immediate dangers behind us. For the future, terror must be fought with both hearts and minds. Our hearts and our courage should prevent us from allowing fear to dictate or limit our lives. Our anger should be directed at the perpetrators of the crime and all those who sympathize with, facilitates, or actively assist similar deeds. All the rest of us are one and the same.
Our minds must recognize that we have so far underestimated the threat of terrorism. The police have acted admirably in this case, but prevention efforts have so far largely failed. No society can completely insulate itself from these type of acts. Yet, much can be done to counteract and disrupt plans on terrorism among individuals and groups.
We know, and have known for some time, that organized crime and jihadism are becoming two increasingly intertwined phenomena in a growing number of districts in our cities. In those districts the state is in retreat and police find it difficult to take action against social unrest and drug trafficking and to prevent young people from becoming lured into gangs.
It is urgent that we apply strong measures of repression to combat the sleeping cells of terror and returning IS fighters we know have been accumulating in our cities and who plans new acts of terror in other European countries. It is also urgent to bind the rest of us together into a oneness of all of us. The latter should be done with a big heart.
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25 countries were represented at the first module of this training that was held in Haifa, Israel. Israeli Anti-Drug Authority (IADA) hosted the training and the focus is on NPS demand reduction.
A lot of new prevention and intervention techniques were shared with the participating group and the user`s perspective was provided. A stress on the global approach when choosing the intervention and the control over the risks of the NPS use were underscored by the organizers.
ECAD was interested in defining the NPS user groups in order to tailor the prevention tactiques and to learn more about alternative legal responses and the legislative initiatives of Israel seem quite unique.
The challenges of detecting and identifying the NPS are still the same for the police and the health sector, while the number of users with double diagnoses is growing.
The discussions of what was innovative in the Israeli approach to prevention and intervention with the NPS use patterns are of great value for ECAD. We look forward to continue with the second training module this May in Alicante, Spain.
Contact us if you find this topic interesting for your city and we will be happy to share the latest info with you.
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Participants from 7 European countries came to the Norway House in Brussels yesterday to be present at the launch of the Triple R publications. ECAD Secretary General was moderating the event.
The main message of the seminar:
There is a distinct need for a person-oriented and sustainable recovery, imbedded in national drug policy initiatives. The reason for this is a clear cost and benefit correlation effect, the longer the investment in recovery of drug addicts, the bigger are the chances of getting active and working citizens and tax payers in return. The long-term investment is attainable ensuring cooperation between public agencies and civil society and recovery communities.
The polemics at the seminar focused on :
- investing in personal empowerment
- offering alternatives to imprisonment,
- working with drug addicts to motivate for recovery, working with trust and involving peer to peer approach
- the challenge of free time for recovering addicts.
Suggestions for the policymakers:
- Drug policy should be human-centered, with individuals, their needs as the care focus ( directly opposite to the focus on the substance abuse)
- Recovery should be the leading paradigm in national drug policy legislation, because it offeres the best chance for the long-term well-being of the former addicts, their families and communities
- Recovery programmes need time and resources to be successful. Politicians should consider supporting the implementation of recovery in practice, according to the national legislative framework.
download your copies from the project website http://www.tripler-project.eu/publications
HERE ARE THE SHORTCUTS TO THE PUBLICATIONS:
Manual on drug rehabilitation and recovery
Handbook on Justice Interventions and alternatives to incarceration for drug abuse offenders
Handbook on social reintegration of recovered drug users
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Among the side events we co-organized, some special attention was devoted to the successfull work in the cities that take part in the Youth in Europe Project.
In cooperation with the Government of Iceland, Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis, and IOGT International, two ECAD cities, Riga and Kaunas, highlighted their experience in working with drug use among adolescents.
Cities are the key in implementing the obligations of preventing drug use set up in the UN General Assembly outcome document and the UN drug conventions. A comprehensive use of data on youth life styles and behaviour helps city practitioners to identify local and specific risk and protective factors to guide the cities` interventions on youth. Cities that take actions based on sound data can substantially decrease the levels of adolescent substance use and other unwanted social behaviour.
The presentations of Riga and Kaunas in Vienna were set against the background of the Icelandic research that dates back to 1998.
In 1998, substance use amongst adolescents in Iceland measured the highest in comparison with all the European countries. In 2015 substance use amongst Icelandic adolescents plummeted to the lowest in Europe. The improvement in substance use is the result of a concerted and in science well-grounded action that can be replicated elsewhere.
General discussion and points raised
· Cities use data differently, some cities work actively with suicide prevention;
· Some cites see reduction in tobacco and alcohol use but not in cannabis use. Why this was the case, turned into a vivid discussion in Vienna;
· It is important to have a comprehensive strategy to address both licit and illicit drug use;
· Difficulties in importing the model from Iceland.
· Cities should adopt evidence based primary prevention as a basis for their actions on drugs.
· National legislation should be grounded in evidence and experience gained from evidence based primary prevention.
· Member states and civil society need to hear that prevention does work when conducted properly.
Further reading on the Icelandic research
25th MAYORS´ CONFERENCE
and 6th World Forum Against Drugs
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)
Photo: Götaplatsen @ Klas Eriksson
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.
MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017
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
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)
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (PDF)
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
Conference Booking Form
Picture: @Rokas Tenys
Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!