Conference Programme

Thursday, 30th September 2010: 12:00-19:30; Friday, 1st October 2010: 08:00-11:00; 14:00-17:00; Saturday, 2nd October 2010: 08:00-11:00; 13:00-14:00, and the Prague Drug Forum XXL 14:00-16:20 (forum open for the public); Place: Municipal House, Prague; registration kiosk (1st floor).

Conference Programme

Thursday, 30th September 2010 14:00-14:50  Opening of the Conference and the Official Launch of the Prague Declaration Smetana Hall Speakers:           Pavel Bém (Mayor of the City of Prague; President of the Conference) Tomáš Zima (Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague) Stanislav Štech (Vice-Rector of Charles University in Prague) Ambros Uchtenhagen (Vice-Cha..

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the conference programme, stipends and travel awards.

Programme Committee

Conference President: Pavel Bem M.D., Prague City Council (Mayor), Czech Republic; Programme Committee Chair: Dr. Tomas Zabransky, Centre for Addictology, Psychiatric Clinic, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; Executive Vice-Chair of the Program Committee: Dr. Ambros Uchtenhagen, Institut für Suchtforschung, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Honorary Vice Chair..

Abstracts and presentations

Abstracts are published in this section of the websites (please see below the programme committee members).

Abstracts and presentations

Deadline for submission of abstracts and for fellowship applications was 21st July 2010 (23:59 CET). Call for presentations (abstracts): Presentations The presentations at the conference should address the issue of anti-drug policies and interventions, with special attention being paid to their local aspects provide information on how to develop and/or enhance the skills of professiona..

Pavel Bem M.D.

The Conference President.

Pavel Bem M.D.

Pavel Bem is the Mayor of the city of Prague. Born July 18, 1963 1981 High school graduation 1981 - 1987 Faculty of Medicine at Charles University, Prague, Diploma of Medicine 1987 - 1990 Postgraduate studies in Psychiatry, Degree in Psychiatry 1991 - 1992 Training in Public Health, Organization and Management of Health Care, National Drug Policy Management, John Hopkins U..

Dr. Ambros Uchtenhagen

Executive Vice-Chair of the Program Committee.

Dr. Ambros Uchtenhagen

Em. Professor of Social Psychiatry at Zurich University and Co-director of  Psychiatric University Hospital. Founder and Chairman of the Board of Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction at Zurich University, a WHO collaborating centre. Co-founder of European Addiction Research, Karger publishers Basel. First author of over 270 publications, Editor of a handbook on Addiction Medicine ..

Dr. Tomas Zabransky

The Programme Committee Chair.

Dr. Tomas Zabransky

Tomas Zabransky was born in Hranice na Morave, Czech Republic. In 1993 he graduated from Medical Faculty, Palacky University Olomouc (Medicinae Universae Doctor, M.D.). In 2001, he received Ph.D. (in epidemiology, hygiene and preventive medicine) from the same faculty. In 2003-4 he was a Hubert H. Humphrey / NIDA Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Balti..

Dr. Carel Edwards

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Carel Edwards

Carel Edwards is the head of the European Commission’s Drug Policy Coordination Unit - the Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security. This unit is involved in the different aspects of the fight against drugs, notably prevention, education, research, training, precursors control, money laundering, police, customs and judicial co-operation and international co-operation. It is responsib..

Dr. Samuel R. Friedman

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Samuel R. Friedman

Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D. (sociology) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for AIDS Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Theoretical Synthesis Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, New York City. (He is also a prior Director of the Research Methods Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research.)  He also i..

Col. Jakub Frydrych

Member of the Programme Committee.

Col. Jakub Frydrych

Colonel Mgr. Jakub FRYDRYCH, 37 years of age, Graduate of the University of Hradec Kralove, field of special pedagogy, diploma work on the theme “History and development of anti-semitism”. 19 years of service with the Czech Republic Police, police career from a police station through the CID at the district level in Prague 2 to the National Drug Headquarters, here since 2005 at different managing..

Dr. Paul Griffiths

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths is the Scientific coordinator at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In this role, he is responsible for monitoring patterns, trends and the magnitude of the European drug situation and is involved in drafting the Annual Report on the European Drug situation and various policy and technical papers. Paul has worked for over 20 years in research on d..

Dr. Jean-Paul Grund

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Jean-Paul Grund

Jean-Paul Grund, PhD, is a senior research Associate at the Addiction Research Centre (CVO) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he is the P.I. of a RCT study of a peer driven supportive care intervention among residentially housed homeless people. For almost 30 years Mr. Grund worked at the crossroads of illicit drug use and HIV—in community organizing, outreach work, street ethnography, epidemiol..

Dr. Martin Y. Iguchi

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Martin Y. Iguchi

Martin Y. Iguchi is Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, and Adjunct Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND. Iguchi is PI of the coordinating center for a multi-city Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); PI of the Los Angeles site of a two city (NY and LA) st..

Dr. Kamil Kalina

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Kamil Kalina

Born 1945 in Prague. Graduated in medicine (1970) and in psychology (1978) at the Charles University, Prague. Postgraduate specialisation in psychiatry, public health, systematic psychotherapy, substance abuse disorders; long term training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, in family therapy, and in supervision. Received European certificates in psychotherapy, in supervision and in..

Kasia Malinovska-Sempruch

Member of the Programme Committee.

Kasia Malinovska-Sempruch

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch directs the Open Society Institute’s (OSI) Global Drug Policy program which provides grants to initiatives advocating an evidence-based approach to drug policy worldwide and encourages greater scrutiny of current international drug policy.  A major contributor to the debate about the interplay of drug use and HIV, she previously headed OSI’s International Harm Reduction D..

Simona Merkinaite

Member of the Programme Committee.

Simona Merkinaite

Since the end of 2008 Simona acts as Drug Policy project coordinator at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), including provission of support  to and overview of country activities, advocacy of evidence based and human rights based policies in countries, regional and international levels, documentation of policies in focus countries. She also represents the EHRN in the International Drug Pol..

Dr. Michal Miovsky

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Michal Miovsky

Michal Miovsky is head of Centre for addictology Psychiatric clinic under 1st medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague and a fellow researcher of the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addictions . He specializes in qualitative methods and research in the field of addictions, responsible for development of evaluation tools and building of a system of quality and efficiency contro..

Viktor Mravcik M.D.

Member of the Programme Committee.

Viktor Mravcik M.D.

Viktor Mravcik graduated at the Medical Faculty at Palacky University in Olomouc in 1993. In 1997, he received first-degree attestation in the discipline of hygiene and epidemiology. In the year 2000, he completed extended attestation in the field of epidemiology (Institute for Post-Graduate Education in Medicine, Prague). In 1993-2002, he held different positions in the public health sector..

Dr. Josef Radimecky

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Josef Radimecky

Born on 10th January 1963 in Plzen. At the Pedagogic Faculty of the Charles University in Prague graduated in special pedagogy (M.A.), later on in a postgraduate Ph.D. study. 2002-2003 completed postgraduate MSc. course Drug use - evidence based interventions and policies at the Imperial College in London. He was awarded the Adam Prize for the best dissertation. He is also graduate of a self-exper..

Dr. Kerstin Stenius

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Kerstin Stenius

Professor Kerstin Stenius has a PhD in social work. She is presently guest professor at Centre for social research on alcohol and drugs, Stockholm university, Sweden, senior researcher at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki Finland and editor-in-chief of Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Her research has focussed on the drug and alcohol treatment systems and treatment syste..

Dr. Stanislav Stech

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Stanislav Stech

Stanislav Stech, graduated in psychology at Charles University Prague, professor in educational psychology; research on school socialization, pupils/students relationship to the knowledge and learning, parents/teachers/students communication triangle and teacher´s profession. Head of the Dept. of Psychology Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. Vice-chancellor of the Charles Univers..

Dr. Anatoliy M. Viyevskyy

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Anatoliy M. Viyevskyy

Anatoliy M. Viyevskyy, MD. PhD., is the Director of the Ukrainian Medical & Monitoring Center of Alcohol And Drugs, by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. He is also the Head Narcologist of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. A. M. Viyevskyy graduated from the Vinnitsa Medical University (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) in 1977. From 1984 till 2007 had been the Head Doctor – Director of Kyiv-city Narcologic..

Dr. Tomas Zima

Member of the Programme Committee.

Dr. Tomas Zima

Prof. MUDr. Tomas Zima DrSc. MBA: born in 1966 in Prague, graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of Charles University in Prague in 1990. In 1996 he became a senior lecturer in the field of medical chemistry and biochemistry and in 2001 a professor in the same field. He has been active since 1990 at the First Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague and at the same time the General..

Peers, Policy and Practice: Drug users as public health allies and potential social allies (abstract)

Speaker: prof. Samuel Friedman (National Drug Research Institutes, New York, USA)

Drug users have much more capability and willingness to do good than they are often credited with. This can be seen in their response to HIV/AIDS and to other threats to their own and others' health. Examples will be presented of: 1. Drug users’ organizations as active players in politics and harm reduction; 2. How drug users and neighbors in one section of Brooklyn, New York, worked out ways to c..

Peers, Policy and Practice: Peer work and peer involvement in Europe – peer-fect practices from a grassroot perspective (asbtract)

Speaker: Katrin Prins-Schiffer (Correlation Network, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The presentation will give an overall overview on peer work and peer involvement in Europe, building on the experience of various grass root organisations. The presentation is based on the work of the expert group  on peer support within the European Network Correlation (www.correlation-net.org). One of the various work packages within the project is targeting the issue of peer work and peer invo..

Peers, Policy and Practice: XTP, the SANANIM Peer Program in the Czech Republic (abstract)

Speaker: Aleš Herzog (Sananim NGO, Prague, Czech Republic)

Outreach work with IDUs has been in existence in the Czech Republic for 20 years. Typically, IDU health education and social assistance are conducted by professional outreach workers without drug careers and much less by peers. Moreover, there is not a UF [What is this?] in the Czech Republic. This presentation will discuss some of the reasons for the absence of peer programming in the Czech Rep..

Peers, Policy and Practice: UN position on Peer and Community based interventions (abstract)

Speaker: Michal Bartos (UNAIDS, Geneve, Switzerland)

The core elements of effective harm reduction efforts have been well defined and over the past four years have been widely accepted in all key United Nations decision making fora. There is increasing evidence that the effectiveness of these measures is not only their component elements, but the extent to which they operate in synergy. Consistent with UNAIDS’ support for combination prevention appr..

Harm reduction in the context of other pillars of drug policy: what is the future? (abstract)

Speaker: Jakub Cerny (NGO Sdruzeni Podane ruce, Brno; Czech Republic)

Our presentation is dedicated to the question, how are the harm reduction services are affected by the other public subjects of a political or repressive nature. The authors don’t aim to present a theoretical study, but one including practical examples from the last time to point out possible intrusions in definition of the meaning and the agenda of Harm reduction services. In our presentation we ..

Building a community consensus in Switzerland – the example of Zurich (abstract)

Speaker: Ambros Uchtenhagen (Institut für Suchtforschung, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

An interactive debate with Dr. Thilo Beck, medical director of NGO ARUD; M.A. Michael Herzig, Coordinator of drug services in the City Administration; Major Felix Lengweiler, Special Services of the City Police; PD Dr. Uwe Serduelt, political scientist at Zurich University; Prof. Ambros Uchtenhagen (Moderator), Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction at Zurich University. The city of Z..

Is rule of written law superior, equal or inferior to public health protection? (abstract)

Speaker: Jakub Frydrych (Head of the National Drug Headquarters of the Criminal Police and Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic)

Since the beginning of its existence, human society ensures its own function through ethic, religious, social, and legal regulation systems; Progressive degradation of ethnic and religious regulations has shifted the written law to the position of a virtually exclusive regulation system in the European space. A normative approach to the written law then breaks its social regulatory function in con..

Reducing death, disease, crime and addiction by ending drug prohibition (abstract)

Speaker: Jack A. Cole (University of Massachusetts, Arts and Sciences, USA)

Presenting: Police, Judges and Prosecutors representing 30,000 members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) in 78 countries. Issue: The 40-year-long war on drugs instigated by the government of the United States has been one of the least successful policies in history, having yet to accomplish a single stated goal. However, it has managed to subsidise the criminal drug trade worldwide; le..

Addiction treatment systems at a the city and local level in the EU (abstract)

Speaker: Thomas Legl (President of European Treatment Centres for Drug Addiction; Director of the Knapenhof Treatment Centre; Austria)

Within the EU increased efforts are being made for a common drug strategy, with a focus on an integrated, multidisciplinary and balanced approach to drugs combining demand and supply reduction. This strategy also features international cooperation and research, information and evaluation .Two action plans, one covering the period 2005-2008, and the other 2009-2012, have been set up. An evaluation ..

Police and policing: the approach of Amsterdam (abstract)

Speaker: Elisabeth M. M. Gabel (public prosecutor, Amsterdam; Netherlands)

As trading nation the Netherlands is attractive to organised criminal groups. We are confronted with large scale trafficking of drugs. The traditional methods of law enforcement are insufficient to tackle the problems of drug trafficking. More and more we are searching for other methods. For instance following the money trail instead of the drug trail is gaining importance. Thematic and multidisci..

Police and policing: the Dutch drug policy (abstract)

Speaker: J. F. Abma (Senior Policy adviser in the Organized Crime Unit of the Law Enforcement department of the Dutch Ministry of Justice; Netherlands).

The goal of the Dutch drug policy is: to prevent and reduce drug use, certainly in so far as it causes damage to health and to society, and to prevent and reduce the damage associated with drug use, drug production and the drugs trade. In the last 15 years there have been various positions to put in balance pragmatism and harm reduction on one side and repression on the other. Does repression..

How the law enforcement agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic are functioning (abstract)

Ilimbek Sadykov (UNDP HIV Programme in Bishkek; Kyrgyz Republic).

The Kyrgyz Republic is one of the former Soviet states with a fixed, repressive drug policy. How it deals with drugs has been considered through criminal law tactics and accordingly drug users have been shown to the society as criminals rather than patients. But this policy could not effectively counter the spread of drug addiction and has been unsuccessful. Therefore, in the first quarter of 201..

Ten years of harm-reduction in prisons of Moldova: Successes and challenges

Speaker: Larisa Pintilei (Director NGO "Innovating Projects in Prisons" of Moldova, Coordinator of harm reduction programs in prisons in Moldova)

Prison is a risky environment, both for the prisoners and the staff. Transmission rates of HIV in prisons are much higher then in the society in general. It is known that 90 % HIV infection is the result of injected drugs. That is why it is extremely important to provide prisoners with access to sterile tools; The first harm-reduction program in prisons of Moldova started in 1999. Object of the pr..

Good prison health – better public health – safer society (abstract)

Speaker: Zaza Tsereteli (Prison Health Expert Group at the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing, Georgia/Estonia)

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is a cooperative effort of eleven governments, the European Commission and eight international organizations. The NDPHS provides a forum for concerted action to tackle challenges to health and social wellbeing in the Northern Dimension area, and foremost in north-west Russia. Penal systems within the Northern Dimensi..

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..

Interactive workshop: Consumption rooms – how does it work and why?

Speaker: Håvard Spjøtvold (Norway, Head of Drug Consumption Room in Oslo).

Presentation of the injection site in Oslo Facts: 6 injection spaces Opening hours 09:00 to 15:00 2040 registered users Average on a daily basis: 75 injections Annual budget: 1.5 mill euro In Norway we have one injection site (DCR) and you can find it in the centre of Oslo. The injection site opened its doors in February 1st 2005 as a temporary project; it has been evaluated by externa..

Successful experience of the city councillor people’s deputy to cooperate with NGO in realizing principles for IDUs’ harm reduction

Speaker: Irina Bazeliuk (Charity Foundation, „Drop-in-Centre“, Ukraine). Poster presentation.

In 2003 a physician of “Socio-therapy” Kiev city narcological hospital (medical director – A. Vievsky), an injection drug user (IDU) and a lawyer initiated creation of the NGO for IDUs in Svyatoshyn district of Kiev city. The action group drafted the NGO Statute and developed operational principles and objectives, including the major one – to implement harm reduction in Kiev city, and particularly..

Marijuana Markets in the Czech Republic and in the U.S. – different low level drug policy approaches and harms

Speaker: Vendula Belackova (Charles University in Prague, First Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Addictology, Czech Republic)

The presentation aims at assessing the impact of different drug policy approaches, comparing drug policy change at one locale and a different drug policy approach overseas. Both policy evaluation and cross-cultural aspects are included in the analysis. Methods: In 2009, 108 semi-structured interviews were collected in North-Central Florida, US, where a restrictive approach with respect to marijuan..

Interactive workshop: Heroin assisted treatment: how to start the debate with whom?

Trainer: Peter Blanken (Senior research scientist at the Central Committee on the Treatment of Heroin Addicts Utrecht, and at the Parnassia Addiction Research Center The Hague; Netherlands).

Peter Blanken wrote: In this workshop I will present a short overview of the international evidence of the efficacy of supervised heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) in Europe and Canada (see: Fischer et al. 2007 Journal of Urban Health, 84 (4): 552-62; Blanken et al. 2010 European Neuropsychopharmacology, 20 (suppl 2): S105-58). Then I intend to have an interactive discussion with the participants of..

Drug policy at the regional level in Ukraine. Current situation and prospects

Speaker: Maksym Demchenko (Charitable Association Light of Hope, Ukraine). Poster presentation.

Who is involved in decision-making at the regional level: Regional or municipal drug treatment clinics, social service centers for families, children and youth, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and civil society organizations. Coordinating Councils (CC) for the Fight Against Drug Addiction were established in each region. In addition to the above-mentioned decision-makers, repr..

Harm reduction among drug users from a conclusive medicine point of view

Speaker: Elvira Demyanenko (Non-governmental organisation “AntiAIDS – Siberia”, Russian Federation). Poster presentation.

Harm reduction (HR) programs have been implemented in the Russian Federation from 1996, in the Altai territory – from 1999. Despite evident results, the government does not consider these programs to be effective and does not provide funding to support them.  Every year 1500 primary clients have been covered by preventive work, in the city of Barnaul; the number of contacts is 13000. Ten clients..

Parsec – From research to action

Speaker: Laura Giacomello (Parsec Consortium, Italy)

Our objective is to analyse the specific territorial experience of the Parsec-System in Rome, in order to highlight its operating principles and to point out possible interaction and synergy patterns between public administration and non-governmental social services. Actually, the Parsec experience has shown how NGOs can give innovative boots in the field of social policies and services; The story..

Formation of Positive Speaker Bureau (PSB) for reducing harm reduction strategies

Ajay Gurung (Community Support Group, Nepal). Poster presentation.

Objectives: A group of energetic ex-drug users and HIV Positive started a rehabilitation and care and support centre in Pokhara, in the western region of Nepal. There is an estimated 2,000 PLHA across the region and 5,500 injecting drug users (IDUs) in the city. The objective of this project is to build the capacity of IDUs living with HIV/AIDS and to mobilize them to dispel the myth related to HI..

Interactive workshop: Novel interventions for stimulant users

Trainer: Neil Hunt (Researcher at The Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The European Institute for Social Services, University of Kent. Director of Research for the treatment agency KCA; United Kingdom)

Patterns of stimulant use vary extensively across Europe and take in scenes dominated by cocaine, crack, amphetamines, ecstasy and a growing number of further compounds sometimes marketed as ‘legal highs’. This session will highlight several areas for intervention which are specific to certain drugs, show some degree of promise and merit further attention and evaluation. Examples include: a) the d..

Development of therapeutic communities for opiate addicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and presentation of work of the Association PROI

Samir Ibisevic (Association PROI, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Poster presentation.

In the beginning of sixties, Croatian professor Vladimir Hudolin created an innovative approach to treatment of alcohol addiction in the former Yugoslavia. The Club System for Treated Alcoholics, rooted in the AA movement, opened doors of psychiatric clinics and took patients out to the local community setting. It was a union of self-help and public support. Under his influence, a couple of year l..

Drug primary and secondary prevention in Georgia: Promoting integrated approach

Darejan (Jana) Javakhishvili (Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi, Mental Health Projects Coordinator for South Caucasus and Central Asia, Georgia). Poster presentation.

Primary and secondary Drug prevention in Georgia was an unknown field in the Soviet past. After becoming independent, the so called State Drug Addiction Prophylaxis Program was in place since 1995, but due to the Soviet inertia, it was focused mainly on drug intoxication examination of the citizens performed randomly by police. Examination followed punishment was naively considered as the tool for..

The successful experience of the city Rada people’s deputy in cooperating with NGOs to achieve harm reduction among IDUs

Speaker: Tetyana Loginova (Kiev Narcological Hospital of Sociotherapy, Ukraine).

In 2003 a physician of Sociotherapy at the Kyiv City Narcological Hospital (medical director A. Vievsky), an injection drug user (IDU) and a lawyer created an NGO for IDUs in the Svyatoshyn district of Kyiv city. This action-group drafted the NGO Statute and developed operational principles and objectives, including their primary objective; to achieve harm reduction in Kyiv city, and particularl..

Monitoring, evaluating and steering outpatient drug care facilities in the city of Hamburg

Speaker: Marcus-Sebastian Martens (Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Suchtforschung der Universität Hamburg /ZIS/; Center for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research of the University of Hamburg /CIAR/, Germany)

The city of Hamburg provides more than 45 state-aided but NGO-driven projects or facilities for drug and alcohol addicted clients, with more than 19000 registered treatment episodes in 2009 (data of low-threshold services are not included into that number). The outpatient aid given in Hamburg to drug and alcohol clients is outstanding, not only compared to other cities within Germany, but also wit..

Estimating the size of the cannabis using population to evaluate drug policies: A comparison between different metropolitan areas in Italy

Speaker: Flavia Mascioli (University Sapienza Rome, Faculty of Sciences, Italy).

Applying capture-recapture methods, we estimate the size of the population of cannabis users in different metropolitan areas in Italy who are at risk of being registered for personal use of drugs according to the law presently enforced (http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/html.cfm/index44943EN.html). Since 2006 the quantity of drugs possessed has determined the threshold between personal possession and tr..

How effective is street drug testing?

Speaker: David Otiashvili (Union Alternative Georgia, Addiction Research Center, Georgia).

Background: In Georgia about 50,000 people annually are detained by the police in the street and tested for drugs. Positive test results lead to high financial penalties or imprisonment. It has been argued that stopping and drug-testing thousands of people annually has a very limited influence on the level of drug use. Research Questions: a) How much did the state spend on random street drug testi..

Drug user motivation for application in the follow-up care after leaving custody

Speaker: Lidija Pilat (NNO Sdruzeni Podane ruce, Czech Republic).

In this paper, work methods used on drug users in penitentiary will be addressed, especially methods which proved to be effective in practice and which increased clients’ motivation to resolve drug problems after leaving custody. A part of the presentation will be dedicated to a handbook “Shipmate’s diary”, created for clients to increase and maintain their interest in therapy. The handbook is bas..

Examples of adequate influence on changes in national policy on harm reduction programs in Moldovan prisons

Speaker: Larisa Pintilei (NGO, Innovating Projects in Prisons of Moldova, Republic of Moldova).

Moldova is one of the few countries that managed to achieve great success in HIV prophylaxis and preventing an AIDS epidemic. Starting 2005, Moldova has had a national program, including a legal framework for HR programs. HR programs in Moldova were initially implemented in prisons. The first pilot project started in 1999. The main problem was receiving permission to implement the pilot proje..

A comparison of the lifestyles of drug users

Roberto Ricci (IDM Onlus, Italy). Poster presentation.

The present contribution is based on four surveys carried out in the last two years. The database has been managed and evaluated in comparison with data from other surveys from other countries. The most important finding of these databases is the analysis of the lifestyles of drug consumers. A major work has been planned to understand the risk of becoming addicted, according to specific lifestyles..

Estimating the size of the drug dealing population to describe the drug market: A comparison between different metropolitan areas in Italy

Speaker: Carla Rossi (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Itálie).

We estimate the size of the population of street dealers constituting the labour force of the retail drug market in different metropolitan areas in Italy, by applying capture-recapture methods. The estimate is based on the Archive of the Central Direction of Criminal Police of the Ministry of the Interior and, specifically, on the database of subjects registered for breaching the drug law (art. 73..

Promile SMS: A universal and interactive tool for drink driving and alcohol abuse prevention

Katerina Skarupova (National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Czech Republic). Poster presentation.

The Promile SMS service follows on from cognitive treatment theory, which supports small steps in self-monitoring of behaviour, and provides practical tips on how to stay in control, and to not keep within the bounds of the law, and generally accepted behavioural norms. The goal of the service is to prevent drink driving and to assist in (self) treatment by means of controlled drinking. Promile SM..

Beliefs and attitudes towards treatment methods and anti-drug policies of addiction treatment providers in the Russian Federation

Speaker: Mikhail Torban (St. Petersburg Psychoneurological Scientific Research Institute Named after Bekhterev, Russia).

Over the past 15 years drug abuse and addiction in the Russian Federation has reached epidemic proportions and has spawned a syndemic of infectious diseases including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis. The only legal providers of drug treatment in Russia are state addiction treatment dispensaries and clinics, still using Soviet practices of drug treatment. Chief narcologists (ad..

Estimation of the drug trade in the Czech Republic

Speaker: Jiri Vopravil (Czech Statistical Office, Czech Republic)

The estimation of drug trade in the Czech Republic was made from the demand side, which is based on drug consumption. The first step is based on the estimation of drug users and their consumption in quantities (grams, pieces) by the main drugs used in the Czech Republic (cannabis drugs, pervitin, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, heroin). The next step is the estimation of where the drugs are coming from (do..

Public expenditures on drug policy in the Czech Republic

Jiri Vopravil (Czech Statistical Office, Czech Republic). Poster presentation.

Economic analysis of public expenditure is part of the Annual Report of the Drug Situation in the Czech Republic. Reports for the years 2002-2008 are now available, and are divided by several views. The first division is by financial providers. Public expenditure on drug policy in the Czech Republic comes from the state and local (regional and municipal) budgets. The Government Council for Drug Po..