Network Conference in Oslo

Main topic of the last euro net network conference was the problem of drug use in the elderly. Practical approaches at European level in prevention and treatment were shared.
The conference took place in Oslo at 28.11.2017. Eleven of 17 euro net members were able to participate.
The discussion about the drug use in the elderly showed that it is a problem Europe-wide. Specific care plans and prevention methods are necessary. Best practices from Catalonia, Belgium and Germany have shown, that in prevention work for elderly people, we don’t have to start from scratch.
There are two different target groups:
– Seniors (60+) with problematic substance use
– Aging drug users
Seniors with problematic substance use often have got a missing daily structure. They want to remain active and to be needed. Health complains, medications and further circumstances often follow.
For this target group the only thing that matters is the person, not the substance. It is very important to keep this people socialy included – even after the working time. Different examples from the Netherlands and Finland were very innovative, e.g. senior-TV and video chats for “common” meals.

The risk to die because of drug abuse has been reduced the last decades. Especially because of harm reduction like syringe exchange and methadone programmes. But how to deal with elderly and addicted people, who do not fit to common nursing homes? Germany presented an example for long-term home prospect for aging and chronic drug addicted people. Aim of this institution is not to become the inhabitants clean and sober, top of the line for them would be to be substituted in a correct way.

All participants agreed that it is important to have a look at these target groups and to share best practices. It could be conducive to develop a project proposal to prove effective methods on European level.

European Workshop for Addiction Prevention, December 2016

In December 2016 representatives of regional and national Institutions from EU countries met in Ledgen-Asbeck (Germany) to exchange their knowledge.

The workshop was organized by the Coordination Office for addiction-related Issues of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Regional Assocation of Westphalia – Lippe, LWL) in collaboration with euro net and the Hessische Landesstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (Hessian State Office for Addiction Matters, HLS), supported by the German Federal Ministry of Health.

Keypoint of that Workshop was “Addiction prevention among young adults, (18-25 years olds)”.

Aside from general information about the situation of Addiction Prevention in the participating countries, initiatives and best-practices-Projects were presented to learn from each other, throughout Europe.

One result was, that the participants agreed that Addiction Prevention is a responsibility for the whole society.

Overall it have been informative and work-intensive days which results are to find in our publication. In the first part of this publication the different situations and keypoints are presented. Practical is the second part: the good-practice-examples are described in a tabular overview.

Hopefully you like the publication, please feel free to send it to interested people and institutions

New member – Ladislav Czémy joins euro net

At the last network conference in Luxembourg in May 2017, the members of euro net elected unanimous a new network member: Ladislav Czémy.

Ph Dr. Ladislav Czémy is head of the research programme. His main task is in the field of epidemiological and clinical research in addictions and social psychiatry.

Since 1985 he works for the National Institute of Mental Health Czech Republic.

National Institute of Mental Health originated from Prague Psychiatric Centre on 1st January 2015 and is located in Klecany. NIMH is meant to become national reference institution for the field of mental health.
NIMH programme is focused on researching neurobiological mechanisms that lead to development of severe mental disorders (schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and stress reactions). Research also includes development and testing of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. In the field of biological nature of addictions NIMH researchs neuronal mechanisms of dependence formation and of new therapeutic possibilities, as well as biological and pharmacological characteristics of existing and especially new synthetic drugs emerging at world market. Output is applied in primary prevention and risk reduction. The main objective is to develop substances and other therapeutic means capable of treating dependencies and prevent them from progressing.

„Localize It!“- Kick off in Luxembourg

euro net’s latest European project “Localize It!” involves 11 European partner organizations and aims to support 22 municipalities in developing and implementing individual local alcohol strategies.

In May 2017, the partners met for the project kick-off in Luxembourg. During the meeting the partners familiarized with their tasks and are now prepared to start the implementation in their regions.

To start with, each country/region will chose two municipalities, if possible one urban and one rural. The next step is a “Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR)” in each municipality which will collect information on the attitudes concerning alcohol consumption of young people and obtain a comprehensive picture of the current situation in each municipality. Specifically, several key persons will be asked when and in which situations young people consume alcohol in a risky way in their quarters/districts/municipality and where the effects of the alcohol consumption can be seen. Specific groups with high risk consumption will be focused as well.

The RAR results will serve to raise the awareness of key actors in the municipality on the problem of underage and young people’s heavy episodic drinking in their municipalities. Furthermore, the areas with the highest need for action will be defined which will be taken into account for the individual alcohol strategy.

In parallel to the RAR, good practices for individual and structural alcohol prevention will be collected. These programs, measures or interventions will be the basis for the individual action plans in every municipality. The collected good practices will be presented and discussed during a European conference in March 2018.

In order to disseminate effective approaches for local alcohol strategies Europe-wide, a manual will be developed and published towards the end of the project.

Besides the project partners, representatives of the Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Agency (Chafea) and of the DG Sante participated in the kick-off meeting. They pointed out, that only two projects in the field of alcohol-consumption got funding which clarified their strong interest in “Localize It!”.

Click for Support – REALized, an online intervention for NPS users

The project ‘Click for Support – REALized‘ (co-funded by the European Commission) is the follow-up of the former ‘Click for Support’ project (2014-2015), in which guidelines for effective web-based interventions (WBI) in selective drug prevention have been developed. In the current project, a web-based intervention will be developed by the same euro net partners, and the WBI will focus on young consumers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The focus has been chosen due to the spreading phenomenon of NPS and increase of their consumption throughout Europe, as well as the general lack of online information about NPS’ effects and possible harms for young consumers.

The web-based offer will contain an information section, a self-test for users to assess their own consumption, and a structured 30-day intervention programme, whose main element will be an interactive consumption diary. For the development of the website, the project group will collaborate with an IT company experienced in developing websites related to drug use interventions. The content will be based on best-practice research of on- and offline prevention offers focusing on NPS, and on input from the target group through two rounds of national focus groups with young NPS consumers. Furthermore, the project group will be informed by several experts regarding NPS, WBIs, the target group, and online (addiction) counselling during two workshops and a training for national prevention experts. Lastly, the content and concept will be based on the best practices regarding illicit drug-related WBIs found in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium in the previous project, as well as its final guidelines.

Operation and Evaluation
The WBI will have a beta-phase after development, during which focus groups with young NPS consumers giving feedback on the WBI will inform the project group on possible adaptations and improvements. In an effort to gain interest and attention for the offer, it will be disseminated widely through different social media. Subsequently, the WBI will be operated for 5 months by the national prevention experts, after which the web-based NPS offer will be evaluated. All results will be presented at the final conference in Münster, 13th and 14th November 2017.

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European Workshop for Addiction prevention

It is common knowledge that the risk of addiction concerns all age groups and classes of society and does not stop at national borders. Unfortunately, it is not yet common practice for experts in the field of addiction prevention to cooperate and learn from each other on the European level.

Against this background, the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, (LWL), Koordinationsstelle Sucht in cooperation with the euro net, European network for practical approaches in addiction prevention and Hessische Landesstelle für Suchtfragen e. V. (HLS) is organizing a „European Workshop of Addiction Prevention” which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health.

The main focus of the workshop will be a European exchange of information, initiatives and effective projects. Key topic will be addiction prevention for and together with the target group of 18- to 25-year-olds.

For this target group a particularly high consumption of substances is being recorded which can lead to risky consumption, substance abuse or addiction. According to recent research findings, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are the main substances consumed by this target group. Additionally, poly drug use and behavior-related addictions, e.g. internet and media addiction have to be taken into account.

Early interventions, custom-made programs, structural networking and a balanced policy-mix can be helpful when approaching this issue. Reaching the target group of young adults between 18 and 25 years is a particular challenge, especially considering those in disadvantaged living situations. Seeing that this age group shows extremely high consumption rates, there is an urgent need for action.

In order to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences and knowledge on the European level, results of effective, successful and (preferably) evaluated projects from various European countries as well as practical experiences will be shared and discussed at the “European Workshop of Addiction Prevention”.

We are very happy to be able to make this unique European exchange in the field of addiction prevention possible. a Web application for athletes and sports clubs

The Belgian Euronet partner CAD Limburg launched a web application for athletes and sports clubs. The application was developed in collaboration with sports clubs and Rotary Belgium.

On athletes and sports clubs find information and preventive materials concerning alcohol, drugs and gambling. The different modules of the web application were developed according to feedback that was given by sports clubs an athletes through a survey and focus groups.

For each product, like alcohol or tobacco, you’ll find a infographic with the effects on physical achievements. You’ll will also find an alcoholmeter on that calculates your promillage and your ability to drive. And being an athlete, you’ll also get information about the consummated calories and what that means in running-time.

Our survey pointed out that road safety is an important issue for sports clubs. That is why we developed a module addressing that topic. Athletes, fans and football parents can test their knowledge and attitude towards road safety. People can also draw up a safety-plan for their night out.

A lot of clubs gave their support to support to You’ll find some eye-catchers and clips hosting the Belgian U19, National handball player Jeroen De Beule and Belgian beach volley player Katrien Gielen.

New clips and info will frequently be added to the website. These materials can be used by sports clubs on their own social media, websites, player dressing rooms, canteens, etc.






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Peer Academy in Bern

In 2011 and 2014 the first peer-academies took place in Bern, Switzerland.  Goal was, to bring together experts from the occupational fiels Youth-welfare, Addiction aid, Health care and prevention work with young peer-leaders. About 150 participants, peers and experts, discussed the current knowlegde concerning research and development. They reflected existing peer-projects and exchanged their experiences. The results were edited for the practical work.

The next peer academy takes place:

09. November 2016, Berner Haus der Generationen

In this conference, euro net will be presented as one of the few European networks for practical approaches with the focus on peer-education.

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Network Conference Coimbra, June 2016

The last network conference took place in Coimbra in the middle of June.

Main focus was the discussion about present inclusion of peer education in addiction prevention work. After presentations of different best practice projects, the experts discussed pros and contras of this methodology.

euro net was pleased to welcome its new member: Stig Tore Bogstrand, representative from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).


National conference „CLICK FOR SUPPORT“ in Slovenia

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The national conference was organised at NIJZ – regional unit Maribor on September 4th. After short information on euro net, project Click for support and key-recommendations from the Guideline for effective web-based interventions in selective drug prevention, about 25 participants in small workshops took part in a focused debates on different aspects of the Guideline. Participants were from NIJZ, NGOs for addiction prevention, early intervention, youth and drug counseling and help, psychological services, schools, and local community. Experiences of the NGO on web-counseling and also technical issues including security, anonymity and user friendliness were also included in the programme. Debate raised several questions and suggestions for dissemination.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]