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

EU-LAC interregional city forum on public policies in drug treatment

The first EU-LAC interregional city forum on public policies in drug treatment was held in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) from 2–5 April, with the technical and organisational support of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). The aim of the event was to help improve policy decisions at city level on the quality and coverage of drug treatment and rehabilitation services in the EU-LAC area. It was held in the framework of the EU-LAC drug treatment city partnerships project, funded by the European Commission (1).

The three main themes of the conference, taken up in plenary, were:

  • public policies in drug treatment;
  • treatment modalities and treatment targeting specific populations; and
  • alternatives to incarceration and drug courts.

Discussion panels explored a range of issues including: inter-city cooperation; the relationship between national and local policies; measuring drug-treatment demand; and training and best practice. In a panel on drug-treatment policy and measuring demand, the EMCDDA presented its treatment demand indicator (TDI), the instrument employed in Europe to measure demand, track trends and identify the treatment needs and profiles of drug clients.

The conclusions of the meeting are available at www.eulacdrugs.org. Among others, the event resulted in the creation of twinning projects between cities on both sides of the Atlantic to help them mutually reinforce their knowledge, skills and experience in the three areas identified by the conference. Thematic meetings will be organised over the next two years and the next EU-LAC city forum will take place in Lugo (Spain) in 2010.

Linda Montanari

(1) For further information see: http://www.eulacdrugs.org/eulac; http://www.cicad.oas.org/reduccion_demanda/eng/eu-cicad/principal.asp
EU-LAC: cooperation between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.


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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