This year, the DRID key epidemiological indicator meeting focused on the following topics: updating the regional assessment of HIV risk and response; hepatitis C infections and treatment; botulism and other infections; emerging risks related to the injection of stimulants, including new psychoactive substances; and drug-related health issues among prison populations. The meeting kicked off with a summary of the most recent trends and updates by the national experts, based on 2015 ‘national abstracts’ followed by two sets of parallel technical workshops and four ‘conference-like’ plenaries. Attendance at the expert meeting was restricted to nominated experts from the 28 EU Member States, Norway and Turkey and invited speakers. Our European partners – namely the European Commission and WHO Europe – as well as experts from non-EU countries have contributed to this year’s meeting.
Registration and practical information
The event took place at the EMCDDA’s Conference Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, starting on the morning of Monday, 15 June 2015 and ending on Tuesday, 16 June lunchtime (see agenda on the right). A call for input to the DRID meeting was sent to the expert networks and the deadline for submission of proposals for input and abstracts was 1 June 2015 (see templates on the side).