Description: This webinar is linked to the latest bundle of EMCDDA miniguides which focus on responding to drug-related harms. It aims to provide an insight into the current situation regarding drug-related deaths in Europe and responses to them. Speakers will briefly present the situations they face and discuss policies and responses.
The EMCDDA miniguides, being rolled out in four bundles, make up the latest Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide.
Background: High-risk substance use and polydrug use continue to fuel drug-induced deaths in Europe. Most deaths directly linked to drug use involve opioids — mainly heroin in conjunction with other drugs. However, other opioids, some medicines, stimulants (e.g. cocaine and amphetamines) are now of concern in some countries. Increases in deaths among different age groups, including teenagers in some countries and those over 50, highlight the diversity of the challenge facing service providers and existing models of provision.
Objective: This webinar will involve discussion with participants of different national realities to better understand problems and implications for responses. It will illustrate the wide range of available and used evidence-based responses, but also show how barriers can be overcome to implement and adjust these responses to the different situations.
A conversation with:
Chairperson: Isabelle Giraudon, EMCDDA
Opening and closing remarks: Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA Director
Format: EMCDDA opening remarks, panellists' questions, guided discussion, Q&A from attendees.
The following questions will be addressed:
Length: 1.5 hours
Participants: The webinar is open to EMCDDA staff members, the Reitox network and external individuals. Participation is possible upon registration, after which the person will receive a link to connect.
Date: 8 December 12.00-13.30 Lisbon time (13.00–14.30 CET).