Staff members of the EMCDDA, European trainers and Georgian drug treatment experts met in Tbilisi from 13–14 September to evaluate a pilot training course for Georgian professionals on drug treatment interventions (4–8 July), organised under the technical cooperation project EMCDDA4Georgia (EMCDDA4GE). The evaluation meeting will help shape the next round of the online training course (mid-November), that will run with interpretation into Georgian.
The pilot training course, conducted in English, focused on responses to specific drugs and patterns of use. It consisted of six modules: Action framework for developing health and social responses to drug problems; cannabis; opioids; stimulants; polydrug use and implementation of quality standards for drug services. The training was delivered by renowned European experts: Prof. Dr Katalin Felvinczi, Dr Eva Hoch and Prof. Dr Gabriele Fischer.
Launched in May 2021, EMCDDA4GE is the first bilateral project between the EMCDDA and Georgia. It aims to enhance national responses to drug-related health and security threats and to familiarise Georgian partners with the EU drug information system and its methodologies and tools. The project focuses primarily on knowledge transfer and capacity-building in the areas of drug monitoring, reporting, prevention and treatment.