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Drug Consumption Rooms: majority vote for provision allowing their establishment

Today, Thursday 7/3/2019, the legal provision allowing the establishment of Drug Consumption Rooms in Greece was adopted by majority vote (229 ‘in favor’, 32 ‘against’ and 1 ‘present’) in the pleanary session of the Parliament.

According to this provision, Article 91 par.3 of the proposed law submitted by the Ministry of Health (“Private Clinics Statutory Framework, Modernization and Reformative recommendations, The National Public Health Organization establishment, the National Institute of Neoplasms and the other provisions establishment”): 

“The approved bodies of Article 51 (Law 4139/2013) can operate supervised drug consumption sites. Within these supervised drug consumption sites services for safer drug use and harm reduction and reduction of drug-related negative consequences are provided. The objective of supervised drug consumption sites’ operation is to promote the health of active drug users, to protect public health, to reduce the prevalence of infectious diseases among drug dependent individuals, to prevent and effectively address overdose cases through early intervention, to reduce public nuisance, to motivate and prepare drug users for entering treatment programs. Terms and conditions for the establishment and operation of supervised drug consumption sites, staffing and facility issues,  the creation, compliance and operation of service recipients’ Registry record and every other related issue will be determined upon decision of the Minister of Health. The supervised drug consumption sites will operate following an authorization granted by decision of the Minister of Health. The possession and use of drugs from service recipients and within the supervised drug consumption site will not be considered a criminal offence provided that they are registered in the Service Recipients’ Record” 

The 7th Regional Conference for Drug Policy in SE Europe

With the participation of the representative of the UNODC office in Vienna, Mrs Jo Dedeyne-Amann, the National Drug Coordinators of Croatia, Serbia and Romania, the scientific officer of the EKTEPN, representatives of organizations and scientists from 10 countries, the 7th Regional Conference on Drug Policy in Southeast Europe took place on 9-10 June, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Thessaloniki.

A total of 44 participants exchanged experiences and good practices on topics such as linking drugs to Sustainable Development Goals, Women and Drugs, Initiatives to Implement the UNGASS 2016 Conclusions in the Countries of the Region, Drugs and Internet, Harm Reduction in SE Europe, users’ involvement in drug policy, changing culture in drug use including new psychoactive substances.

Photo credits: Evita Paraskevopoulou

The full report of the conference will be available by the end of July.

The Informal Drug Policy Dialogue in Southeast Europe (SEE), 10 & 11 October 2014 Athens, Greece

The Informal Dialogue on Drug Policy focused on the following issues

a. recent developments in drug policy in the SEE countries,

b. the shift  from a punitive attitude to a human rights and public health oriented approach in future drug policy

c.the collaboration between competent government authorities and civil society in South Eastern Europe, the action Plan on Drugs between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans,

d.towards the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), main discussion items.

Read more: Drug Policy Dialogue, Athens 10 & 11 October, 2014

 

Comments of the Association Diogenis on the Greek National Drug Strategy (2013-2020) and the Action Plan on Drugs (2013-2016)

In addition to points raised in the letter of the NGOs Positive Voice, Praksis, Diogenis, Centre for Life, Promitheas and the Greek Drug and Substitute Users Union, the Association Diogenis referred in a memorandum to the National Coordinator on some specific issues which are directly related to goals and objectives of Diogenis. In its reaction Diogenis comments and makes suggestions on the issue of dialogue with society, the proposed epidemiological research, the major challenges in addressing drugs in modern society, the decriminalization of use, the issue of cooperation between police and service providers on the level of the community, the issue of cannabis, the availability and access to essential medicines, the treatment of addiction and finally the international cooperation including the cooperation in South Eastern Europe.

Read more: Comments on the Greek Strategy on Drugs and the drugs Action plan (in Greek)

Greek NGO’s require active role in shaping drug policy

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In a letter to the Prime Minister of Greece, Greek NGOs require that their involvement in shaping drug policy must be formalized. The reason for the letter is related to the expected Drugs Strategy 2013-2020 and Action Plan 2013-2016 that has to be proposed by the National Commission for Planning and Coordination.

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