Seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria 5-6 June 2014

Cooperation between law enforcement and social and health services in the field of drugs.

On June 5 and 6 a seminar organized by the Association Diogenis as part of the program “New approaches and interventions in drug policy” took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting was attended by about 25 people from the 10 countries of Southeast Europe, Germany and Cyprus. The seminar was co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy that is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The theme of the meeting was about the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and service providers in the field of drugs. On behalf of law enforcement two initiatives have been presented: One about the cooperation between police and service providers to drug dependent people in the city of Frankfurt, Germany and another initiative about drug use prevention mainly by young people / teenagers in Nicosia, Cyprus. On behalf of service providers, practices have been presented about their services to drug users in their respective countries as well as about the attitude of the police towards users and the dialogue between service providers and the authorities in general.

The purpose of the seminar was to discuss innovative approaches about the cooperation between law enforcement authorities and service providers in order to achieve evidence-based, successful and effective prevention interventions in the field of drugs and especially in the prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases. The seminar was further aiming to make concrete proposals for effective collaboration and joint action programs between law enforcement and service providers in the countries of South Eastern Europe.

The Association Diogenes will soon be publish the report of the meeting and will issue a briefing paper on the cooperation between law enforcement and social and health services in South Eastern Europe.