The community cooperation is an option of a practical local policy (abstract)

Speaker: Jindrich Voboril (National Drug Policy Coordinator, the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)

The talk will cover practical experience in creating drugs policies on a local level, based on a philosophy of community cooperation. It will look at good practice, and ways for interlocutors to work together towards creating local communities that are safer in both public health and public safety areas. There are limits, as well as practical opportunities for both sides in working together, so it is necessary to critically assess all options. We will examine the differences of working in big cities and in smaller towns, differences in working with closed and open drugs scenes, and differences in working with different target groups. Finally, the talk will try to formulate the reality of community policy options where the decisions and practicality lies among the triangle of donors, public service providers and drugs users/dealers.