The Municipality of Kaunas, Lithuania, is one of the most active members in the ECAD network and is also a winner of ECAD Award.
Read more: ECAD visit to Kaunas City Municipality
On November 18, Kaunas City Municipality invites for a discussion of initiatives that can reduce the use of psychoactive substances.
Read more: ECAD visit to Kaunas City Municipality
 

The conference will focus on early intervention in drug prevention, child crime prevention and prevention of substance use among middle school students.

Download the Conference Programme (PDF)

ECAD Secretary General holds a presentation on the Future of Drug Policy.

It is also an opportunity to take up the Icelandic model of evidence-based prevention and the success of Youth in Europe Prevention programme that will celebrate 10 years next year.

Kaunas is one of 25 municipalities that takes part in Youth in Europe prevention programme; it runs in 13 languages now and is still open for other cities to join.


Read more: ECAD and WFAD launch Global Evidence-based Report on Drug Policy


ECAD and World Federation Against Drugs are proud to launch a Global Report of Drug Policy Choices.

This is our Press Release (PDF)

Drug Policy Futures is a global network for a new drug policy debate based on health.

Click on the picture to download the Report in English.

Read more: Addictions on public policies agenda in Mexico (Updated)


ECAD participates in the 17th International Congress on Addictions in Mexico, November 4-6, 2015.


ECAD in Mexico cutWorkshops and presentations of the concrurrent sessions reflect the deepest concern on the dimensions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and the stories of evidence cover the biggest part of the world.
The Congress aims to accumulate the essence of the evidence to develop new public policies.
 The topics of the sessions bring forward cannabis, the development of legalization and decriminalization, successful practices in prevention, alcohol consumption impact, drug use in the different regions of the world and risk and vulnerability factors: from biological to social aspects, and much more. 

On Wednesday, ECAD Secretary General held a presentation "The War on the Mind" (download in PDF) in a pre-congress workshop titled “Cannabis, experience from different counties on prevention, policy and treatment”. The presentation described how the case for legalization of drugs impacts us.

During the Congress, ECAD Secretary General moderated a session on Cannabis, the Development of Legalization and Decriminalisation and its Impact on Society. 

ECAD Secretary General also made a speech in the Plenary on how to counter organized crime and drug trafficking.

See the Congress Programme in PDF


ECAD received a piece of good news from our Norwegian colleagues:

Norwegian government has opted for a permanent establishment of drug courts all over the country. The decision is backed up by 30 million NKK.

That is obviously the result of 10 years` hard work, where Drug Courts in Bergen set the prejudicate for the whole country. Truly exciting and an inspiration for many other colleagues, especially in Gävle, Sweden!


October 1-2, Landskrona, Sweden (UPDATED 5/10)

SverigeMotNarkotikaSwedish NGOs have gathered for a traditional fair Sverige mot narkotika (Sweden Against Drugs) in the Southern city of Landskrona on the 1st and 2nd of October. The purpose is to acclaim the vision of a drug free society and to work strategically on local, regional and national levels for sustainable results. This is the focus of everyday work in many civil society organisations in Sweden.

Konferens i Landskrona - DrottningenLandskrona konferens - Ake skakar hand med drottningenThe Fair enjoyed a full support of Her Majesty Queen Silvia, who is the Patron of the conference and chose to speak at the inauguration.
Her Majesty was concerned with the development of the drug misuse and the right of every child to grow up in a drug-free world.

The event is of national importance for Sweden and ECAD is one of the proud organizers, along with SLAN, IOGT-NTO, KSAN and many other networks and self-help groups.
(Picture above: H.M. Queen Silvia in the middle, Erik Leijonmarck,ECAD Secretary General on the left side)


(Picture to the left: H.M. Queen Silvia is welcome to the conference by ECAD Deputy Director Åke Setréus)

Links in Swedish Press:
Kvällsposten : "We cannot let the children down, they are our future", says the Queen.
Kungahuset: H.M. Queen Silvia at the Conference Sweden against drugs

ECAD Swedish branch issued its Annual Award, Årets ECAD Sverige Pris (ECAD Sweden Annual Prize) at the end of the Conference, it  was awarded to Prof. Fred Nyberg, Biological Research in Drug Dependence, Depart. of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University.

Fred Nyberg Pristagare 2015

Picture: ECAD Secretary General Erik Leijonmarck holding the prize for Prof. Fred Nyberg, opposite to the painting.





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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.



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

@ Rokas Tenys, the Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle
Picture: @Rokas Tenys



Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!



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.