The report of the Working Group for the Medical Use of Cannabis delivered to the Health Minister, Mr. Xanthos, was published yesterday, Wednesday 22.02.2017. We are very pleased with this development, as in a recent letter Diogenis together with other Civil Society organizations requested official information regarding the progress of the Working Group’s tasks.
“Diogenis”, together with the other member-organizations of the greek ‘NGO Platform for Psychoactive Substances”, has repeatedly expressed its concerne regarding to the fact that the Greek State has not yet an approved Drug Strategy and an Action Plan.
We are very pleased that the Greek parliament is taking the initiative to address a parliamentary question on this issue and we hope that the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister, as the competent national authorities, will undertake the responsibility of implementing the national law on addictive substances. According to this law, the Prime Minister should convene the Interministerial Committee, that will approve the National Strategy and Action Plan on drugs, and will submit the relevant proposals to the Greek parliament.
The NGO Platform on psychoactive substances requested to be represented in the National Planning and Coordination Committee responsible for addressing drug issues, but have not yet received a response. We hope that the Greek parliament will take the needed legislative initiatives, with the aim of active involvement and equal participation of Civil Society in the policy-making process. Read more
At the 3rd Greek National Forensic Psychiatry Conference organized from 9-11 December 2016 in Athens, a round table discussion took place on “Sentencing of Drug Offenders, the Legislators Policy and the Practice of the Courts in South East Europe”. Participants at the round table were: Mrs. M. Malliori, psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Hospital “Eginition” (coordinator) Mr. Ath. Apostolou, Director of the NGO “Diogenis” DRUG policy dialogue, Mr. K. Kokkolis, psychiatrist responsible of the Piraeus Rehabilitation Unit, OKANA and Ms. Ch. Papageorgiou, responsible for the Legal Service, of NGO «Centre for Life». Read more
On Wednesday 23th, KETHEA (Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals), the largest rehabilitation and social reintegration network in Greece, published a press release regarding the case of one of its members, who got imprisoned for offences committed 10 years before, during the period of his drug dependence. While, at the phase of social reintegration, the member had successfully overcome his addiction and has started to work. Despite that fact, the court rejected his request for a trial in accordance with the latest law on drugs 4139/2013. Moreover, he has been placed in a prison, at Chios island, where there is no counseling services or rehabilitation program, regardless of the request to be transferred at the prison of Korydalos, where relevant services are available. Read more
Meeting with the Minister of Health, Mr. Ksanthos, took place on Monday 14/11/2016, with representatives of the “Greek NGO Platform on Psychoactive Substances”. The meeting took place at the request of partner organizations, which are based on multi and interdisciplinary experience in the implementation of interventions in the field of psychoactive substances and drug policy, presented the priorities and requests to the Minister.
The positions and proposals of the Platform, to the Minister of Health, can be seen at the following link: