European Action on Drugs (EAD)
The annual event of the European Action on Drugs (EAD), co-hosted by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the EU, took place on 7 July 2011 in Warsaw, Poland. It aimed at fostering exchange of views between the people shaping policy at national and EU level and those working at grassroots level. Speakers included the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior, Adam Rapacki, and his counterpart at the Ministry of Health, Andrzej Włodarczyk, high-level EU officials in charge of drugs policy, as well as “European Action on Drugs” signatories from civil society, researchers, and special guests such as Krzysztof Jaryczewski, founder of the rock band ‘Oddział Zamknięty’.
The event brought together professional and volunteers working in the field of drugs and who on a daily basis need to answer practical questions such as: How can voluntary testing for illicit drug use be carried out? How to educate the press in reporting on drugs and other addictions; how to make use of music therapy? What can a private company do to identify and inform people about new psychoactive substances that appear on the market? Does music have the power to send the right message to young people, as the Italian singer Phase claims? Personalities from the world of sports, entertainment and the media shared their experiences on drugs with the participants to the EAD and many signed pledges for action.
One of the main themes of the event was the emergence of new psychoactive substances . The Commission is responsible for proposing to Member States that new drugs be put under control under Council Decision 2005/387/JHA . The Commission is reviewing this Decision’s mechanism for dealing with new substances and is considering how to make it more effective. In this way, the European Commission is supporting the EU Member States in the fight against new substances.
The annual event in Warsaw brought together 120 people and organisations that decided to take concrete action on drugs in their own environment by making a specific commitment.