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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — January–March 2010

European drug prevention quality standards

The EMCDDA is currently collaborating in an EU-funded research project aimed at producing commonly agreed and evidence-based drug prevention standards for use in the EU. The project is led by the Centre for Public Health of the Liverpool John Moores University (UK), and operates in partnership with bodies in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

In the first stage of the project, available national and international drug prevention guidance was reviewed and synthesised into a list of draft standards. The relevance of these standards is currently being rated through Delphi rounds and expert focus groups in the six European countries. In the final stage, the standards will be assessed in terms of their practical usefulness via structured consultations with drug practitioners.

The project, which will run until the end of 2010, will result in the publication of finalised standards. Adoption of these standards in EU Member States will improve drug prevention practice and efficiency of funding, and reduce the likelihood of ineffective or iatrogenic interventions. Further funding will be required to provide training for policymakers and practitioners to put the standards into practice.

Harry Sumnall and Angelina Kurtev

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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