Institutional support


The General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies – SICAD (Portugal)

The General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies – SICAD (Portugal) is the central body of the Portuguese Ministry of Health in charge of the design, monitoring and evaluation of the national policy on addictive behaviours and dependencies. SICAD’s mission is to promote the reduction of consumption of psychoactive substances, prevent addictive behaviours and decrease dependencies and it is the Portuguese leading institution in the elaboration of the national strategy and action plan on addictive behaviours and dependencies. SICAD plans, implements, and coordinates drug demand reduction interventions, and collects, analyses and disseminates information on drugs and alcohol use and responses to it. SICAD has experience in EU funded drug related development projects such COPOLAD, holding a great background of best practices in integrated evidence-based approach to drugs, alcohol and addictive behaviours. SICAD expected that their expertise could contribute to the Programme’s results

Stragetic partnership

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addition (EMCDDA)

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) was established in 1993. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. The EMCDDA exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview ofEuropean drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. Today it offers policymakers the data they need for drawing up informed drug laws and strategies. It also helps professionals and practitioners working in the field pinpoint best practice and new areas of research. The EMCDDA was set up to provide ‘factual, objective, reliable and comparable information concerning drugs, drug addiction and their consequences’. Cooperation with EU institutions, the Reitox network and regional and international organisations has been an important part ofthe EMCDDA’s work since its creation in 1993. It is foreseen to invite EMCDDA to Steering Committees as well as to relevant activities, mainly related to the Data Collection result. Moreover, it is planned to send CA experts to acquire data collection experience at the premises of EMCDDA.
Ministerio de Sanidad

National Plan on Drug – PNSD (Spain)

The Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs (DGPND) of Spain is a governing body of the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for the direction, promotion, general coordination and supervision of the services responsible for updating and execution of the National Plan on Drugs. In the scope ofthe competences ofthe Ministry ofHealth, the DGPND assumes the impulse of the policies ofreduction ofthe demand ofthe drug consumption and of prevention, treatment, social incorporation and harm reduction related to addictive behaviours programmes. The DGPND analyses the drug problem from a global and integrated perspective, affecting multiple variables in society. Under this approach, it is necessary to act in a coordinated and joint manner in the different fields of action. In this work scheme, international cooperation constitutes an area ofspecial importance that enables the active participation of Spain in all the multilateral forums where it deals with the drug phenomenon as well as the development of bilateral collaborative relations with countries.

Technical support

Akzept e.V.

Akzept e.V. is a charitable organization based in Berlin, Germany, founded in 1990 to promote a pragmatic drug policy aimed at assisting and supporting vulnerable groups and developing harm reduction services. Today, Akzept e.V. is an umbrella organization that brings together over 200 local projects, self-help initiatives, counseling centers, and experts from all over Germany. Akzept e.V. is an independent civil society organization. Akzept e.V. receives project funding from the German Ministry of Health and other institutions and partners. Akzept e.V. unites practicing physicians, researchers, social workers, lawyers, as well as government experts involved in drug policy. Akzept aims to decriminalize and regulate drug use and works towards improving service provision and government policies.

Episteme Social

Episteme Social is constituted in Barcelona as an international group of scientific researchers specialising in social evaluation and intervention. Our team is made up of a dozen multidisciplinary professionals with extensive national and international experience, both in academia and in research and field work, in areas such as anthropology, social psychology, public health and psychiatry. The Social Episteme team's mission is to obtain reliable knowledge about social reality to improve the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of social intervention and action programmes and projects. Generating and mastering substantive and strategic knowledge provides scientific evidence, validity, reliability, and great methodological robustness to each of the social intervention actions undertaken by public bodies or private entities.

Společnost Podané ruce

Started as a group of volunteers in 1984 and firmly established since 1991, Společnost Podané ruce, o.p.s., pioneered in bringing and testing new trends, providing versatile support and efficient help to people to get free of addictions or overcome difficult situations that prevent them from living a full-value life and from participating in the society. Our mission is to help our clients towards the long-term sustainable quality of life, healthier lifestyle and personal contentment, through preventative, supportive and interventional services. We strive to play a part in the protection of public health and the prevention of addictions by developing the judgement-free environment. Our vision is to support and promote humanistic ideas, protect human rights, to help to create a space for respect and tolerance and to contribute to the development of civil society.