Reducing Drug Supply and Demand in the EU: Developing a Holistic and Coordinated Responses Across Member States

Nov 08, 2018

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In October, the 18th 2018, the Research Centre on Security and Crime (RiSSC) – participated at the International Conference “Reducing Drug Supply and Demand in the EU: Developing a Holistic and Coordinated Responses Across Member States” which was organized by the Public Policy Exchange (www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk) in Brussels.

Main topics addressed by key stakeholders and experts attending the event – National Police Agencies, Border Control Agencies, Rehabilitation Centers, Drug Addiction Centers, Research Institutes, Fire Service, Public Health Authorities, Staff of the EU and international institution, etc. – included the following:

  • Examination of the EU drugs strategy 2013-2020 and assessment of the progress made so far;
  • Identification of the pros and cons of the innovative and alternative approach of drug legalization;
  • Discussion on law enforcement measures promoted at EU level to tackle drug trafficking;
  • Exploration of technological changes and the use of the darknet: discussing innovative methods to address new challenges;
  • Analysis of the new EU directives and EU regulations in place to tackle the increasing threat of NPS;
  • Sharing treatment solutions and harm reduction measures;
  • Discussing prevention strategies to reduce drug consumption;
  • Discussing possible ways of preventing substance abuse among young people through targeted measures:

In particular, the insight presented by RiSSC during the Conference focused on the phenomenon of drugs trafficking over the darknet and specifically on the relevant scenarios, actors involved and modus operandi which characterize it.

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