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Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania
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vol. 30

Preparing support for local communities to develop, implement and evaluate psychoactive substance use prevention programmes

Janusz Sierosławski

Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Department of Studies on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Warsaw, Poland
Alcohol Drug Addict 2017; 30 (2): 155-159
Online publish date: 2017/09/27
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Both in Poland and in an ever-growing number of countries, the significant role of the local community in the prevention of problems related to alcohol and other psychoactive substances use is being noticed. In Poland, we have a relatively long tradition of activity at the local level going back from before the Second World War and continuing after October 1956. In the 1990s, the first attempts at setting up structured local programmes were made, and in the first decade of this century, local programmes became a general, sustainable and legally sanctioned element of the realisation of tasks concerning the prevention of psychoactive substance-use related problems. The National Bureau for Drug Prevention and the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems support local initiatives creating platforms for experience exchange in this matter for municipalities and communities in our country. The seminar organised on the 5th and 6th September 2016 in Warsaw was an initiative to widen the scope of experience exchange at an international level. The initiative in this enterprise was taken by the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Expert Group of The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (ASA NDPHS), with financial support from the Norwegian Bilateral Relation Fund within Programme PL13 “Reducing social inequalities in health”. The meeting was attended by representatives from Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden and Poland, both from central institutions responsible for psychoactive substance policy and their local-level equivalents.
The aim of the seminar was not only the exchange of experiences concerning the prevention of psychoactive substance use but also the preparation of an outline of the concept for common activities. It was initially established that the following cities would participate in the forthcoming project: Pärnu (Estonia), Klaipėda (Lithuania), Kalmar (Sweden), Drammen (Norway) and Starachowice (Poland), hence their representatives atten¬ dance as guests at the seminar.
The discussion starting point were presentations of national legal frameworks and organisational structures responsible for the prevention with particular focus on the place and role of local communities. All the countries whose representatives participated in the seminar have a similarly developed structure with a leading role played by respective ministries of...

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