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

Taking a call on cannabis: drug helplines’ response

'Taking a call on cannabis: drug helplines’ response' was the theme of a conference organised by the European Foundation of Drug Helplines (FESAT) from 1–2 October in Lisbon. Held in collaboration with the EMCDDA and the Portuguese Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência (IDT), the event brought together drug helpline services from around 20 European countries.

Drug helplines provide the public with a valuable service comprising information, support, prevention and harm reduction

The two-day meeting, hosted by the EMCDDA, featured a broad range of presentations in relation to Europe’s most consumed drug. These included: trends in cannabis use in Europe; health effects; legal aspects of cannabis use and common misconceptions relating to the drug (e.g. potency, legality). It also provided a forum for the exchange of information on new problems and responses and latest research. 'Frequently asked questions' to the helplines were examined and options for interventions presented (e.g. replies, counselling, referrals).

Drug helplines provide the public with a valuable service comprising information, support, prevention and harm reduction. The data they collect, as a grassroots source of help, play an important role in monitoring new drug use patterns and emerging trends, both key areas of the EMCDDA’s revised mission statement. The meeting provided a solid foundation for further collaboration in these areas between the EMCDDA and FESAT.

Deborah Olszewski


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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