Public Policy Exchange Event: Young People and Substance Abuse in the EU: Decreasing Supply, Reducing Dependence, Building Recovery
EURAD will present at this EU event on 18th November 2014 at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels
One of the main challenges to be addressed by EU drug policies is the rapid spread of new psychoactive substances, currently legal substances that imitate the effects of illegal drugs. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of substances notified through the EU Early Warning System tripled.
As a response, the European Commission proposed in 2013 to introduce a quicker mechanism to withdraw harmful psychoactive substances from the market. The aim is to strengthen the EU's ability to protect young people by reducing the availability of harmful substances, as part of an overall drug policy regulatory framework.
Building on the lessons learned from the implementation of previous EU Drugs Strategies and associated Action Plans, the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020 provides a common and evidence-based framework for reducing health and social risks and harms caused by drugs.
This special International Symposium provides a timely opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders across Europe to discuss the latest challenges and consider the next steps needed to win the fight against the misuse and dependence on illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances through holistic, multi-level and cross-border approaches.
- Dana Spinant (Head of Anti-Drugs Policy Unit, DG Justice, European Commission)
- Bart Vande Kerckhove (Team Co-ordinator, VitalSounds)
- Fay Watson (Secretary General, EURAD)
- Prof. Isy Pelc, Emeritus Professor of Medical Psychology and Addiction, Universite Libre de Bruxelles