Localize it! – Final Conference in Portugal

Localize it! is on the home stretch. The final conference will take place in Portugal in September. Besides the conclusion of the project, the results of the accompanying evaluation of the UKE Hamburg will be presented. The manual developed within the framework of the project will also be ready by then. The event is only open to project partners and other Project participants, as it also deals with organisational issues, stumbling blocks and milestones of the project as well as further dissemination opportunities in Europe.

Of course the results of Localize it! will also be published on the euro net website and the manual will be available.

euro net elections in May 2019

During the last network conference in Deventer (NL) euro net elected the Presidium. President Hans Keizer, Vice-President Gaby Bruchmann and Secretary Carlo Baeten were confirmed. Stig Tore Bogstrand is now in charge of the network’s finances. The Presidium has been extended to include an observer, Alena Kopanyiova.

In addition the cornerstones of a new common European Union project were compiled. With “Make the difference” euro net focuses on the promotion of cooperation between youth and addiction services with regard to children from addicted families.

Next Network Conference in Deventer

The next euro net network conference takes place in Deventer (NL) from 01th to 3rd May 2019. Main topic will be the exchange and discussion about support for children, living in families with addiction issues. The networks plans to develop a new common project in this field. In the opinion of the members, the necessary cooperation between addiction and youth services is not without problems.

For this reason, a possible project should focus on binding agreements between the help systems.

Localize it – from plan to action….

After the partners had met in four smaller groups from June to October 2018 for further planning in the selected settings (schools; parental work; nightlife, festivals, retail and gastronomy; and traffic safety), the second workshop for the entire project group took place in Palermo, Italy, from 11 to 14 December 2018.

Here, the partners reported to each other about the planned measures in the 22 municipalities involved in Localize It. All municipalities had so far drawn up an individual action plan based on the results of the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) carried out at the start of the project and the good practice measures available. A challenge for most partners was and still is motivating the municipalities to take responsibility for the local alcohol strategy themselves and to make it their own. Positive side effects had also been noted: Awareness for problematic alcohol consumption of young people has been raised noticeably, new collaborations between local actors have been established and other municipalities have formed agreements with those already involved in the project.

Now in 2019, the main challenge for all partners will be to implement the measures defined in their action plans!

Furthermore, in 2019 a manual on the topic “development and implementation of a local alcohol strategy” will be developed which will provide practical examples and experience reports to support prevention experts and municipalities in taking joint action in the field of alcohol prevention. In Palermo, the partners developed first ideas for design and content for this manual.

Read more about Localize it: www.localize-it.eu

Institute for addiction prevention educates teachers

PLUS is an education programme for the 5th to 8th grade on violence and addiction prevention based on the life skills approach. In order to use the education programme the teachers have to complete a 4-years-training, developed and offered by euro nets Austrian partner, institute for addiction prevention in Upper Austria. The next course will start in autumn 2018.

The Upper Austrian Healthcare Fund supports PLUS financially.

On June 26, 2018, the closing ceremony of the sixth PLUS course took place at the institute for addiction prevention in Linz. In total 55 AHS and NMS teachers finished the additional training on the subject of violence and addiction prevention. The final certificates were awarded by Mag. Ingrid Rabeder-Fink.

Italian euro net member offers a seminar on refugee work

The participants of the seminar gain a basic knowledge about trauma, different reactions to pressure and how people can deal with it. It also discusses what drug consumption plays a role in this context.

Two speakers (emergency psychologists and experts from forum addiction) elaborate in groups up to 20 participants the above-mentioned topics with interactive methods to ease the contact to the persons admitted to the centres.

The two-day seminar is offered in German and Italian. The Italian seminars were already started in summer, the German seminars start in September 2018 (Brixen: 19.09.2018 and 28.11.2018; Meran: 26.09.2018 and 05.12.2018 – changes reserved).

For more information see: www.forum-p.it

Mind your trip online!

In the frame of our EU-project “Click for Support – REALized” the web-based intervention “Mind Your Trip” is launched online and in Apple- and Android app stores. The web-based intervention will be available in 10 languages (DE, FR, FI, GR, LV, LU, NL, PT, SI, SK) and focuses on young consumers of New Psychoactive Substances (also known as “designer drugs”, “synthetic drugs or “legal highs”) between 14 and 25 years.

Mind Your Trip provides information, a self-assessment test and three intervention modules: “Brief intervention”, “Safer Use” and “Quit or Reduce”. The intervention is anonymous and free-of-charge, and is professionally conducted by trained prevention experts. The programme will be available until at least October 2018 and will be operated by the 13 euro net project partner organisations.

The results of the evaluation of Mind Your Trip will be presented at the projects’ Final Conference in Münster, Germany in November 2018.


2nd Workshop Planet Youth, in Tarragona

Tarragona will host on April 17 and 18 this conference that aims to publicize Planet Youth: a community program for drug prevention started in Iceland in 1998 that has shown excellent results in the decline of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco consumption among the teenagers.

Planet Youth is a program based on scientific evidence, universal and community prevention that has drastically reduced the consumption of drugs in the youth population through political commitment and the continued commitment to create healthy and quality environments for all citizens.

This Icelandic prevention model is based on three pillars of success:

  • The practice based on evidence
  • The use of a community-based approach
  • The creation and maintenance of a dialogue between research, policy and practice

The Workshop organized in Tarragona aims to raise awareness of the program to professionals from different fields interested in the prevention of drug use and the health promotion of young people and adolescents

  • Days: Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Aula Magna Campus Catalunya (Av. Catalunya, 35). Tarragona, Spain.
  • Organized by: Council of Tarragona and Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analyzes (ICSRA). Collaborators: Smart Mediterranean City Foundation, Rovira i Virgili University and Reykjavik City Hall.


Program and Registration:

CANNABMED Congress in Barcelona

“Briding the gap between medical cannabis and patients”

Mid of May, our Spanish network Partner, Public Health Agency of Catalonia, is inviting to the only event in Spain dedicated to education and dialogue on medicinal cannabis.

The CANNABMED congress will enrich the conversation about the regulation of medicinal cannabis and give visibility to the concerns and demands of the affected group. In this second edition, patients will be centre stage and the event will also have special interest for health professionals.

The congress also seeks to offer training – based on the best available evidence – to health care professionals that will bridge the gap between patients, activists, scientists, media, and policy-makers.

Days: Friday 11 and Saturday 12 of May 2018

More information and programme: https://www.cannabmedforum.com/index_en.html

20 years “prevention peers” in Upper Austria

At the end of last year the school “HBLW Linz” had reasons for celebration:

The school was honored by the Austrian euro net member Institut Suchtprävention for its special engagement in the field of peer education. Since the beginning of the school’s peer project in 1997, they have trained on average 6 pupils each year. The training has been implemented in cooperation with the Institut Suchtprävention. Its main focus is addiction prevention.

The peer project has been initiated by Ms. Dipl. Päd. Ilse Surenjan. As a result of her engagement, the peer project is still active at the HBLW Linz. Last month, Ms. Surenjan celebrated her retirement and was surprised with special guests: former peers and the director of Institut Suchtprävention Christoph Lagemann expressed their gratitude. They appreciated her exemplary commitment as the coordinator of the peer project for more than two decades.

Background: Within the peer project, selected pupils of 9th and 10th grade are getting trained in the field of addiction prevention. After this training, they are sharing their experiences and their know-how with their classmates – not as “young teachers” but through their attitude and behaviour in class, at events and simply when spending time together.