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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — October–December 2007

Conference on alcohol, drugs and driving

The 2007 conference of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) was held in Seattle from 26–30 August. Delegates presented the latest epidemiological information on a variety of drugs as well as experimental findings (e.g. from performance tests) on how different substances can cause impairment in drivers. Also debated were roadside testing methods and tools and legal limits for levels of psychoactive substances in the blood.

Guidelines for drug driving research, aimed at improving cross-national comparability, were presented at the meeting and will soon be available from ICADTS for use by scientists and researchers. These guidelines, to which the EMCDDA contributed in 2006 (1), contain recommendations for minimum research standards in the areas of epidemiology, behaviour and toxicology.

Some 360 papers, including presentations by the EMCDDA, were delivered at the event. Many speakers reiterated that cannabis and benzodiazepine use among drivers is of particular concern, especially in Europe, as seen in the EMCDDA’s Selected issue on 'Drugs and driving'. The EMCDDA’s analysis of EU Member States’ policies and legislation in this review, and earlier papers, may contribute to a forthcoming ICADTS–NIDA project on zero tolerance laws.

This year the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists meeting and the 8th Ignition Interlock Symposium took place at the same venue as the ICADTS event, allowing interaction between over 900 scientists from 50 countries. Abstracts and proceedings from the ICADTS conference are available.

Brendan Hughes and Dominique Lopez

Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.

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