The sixth European drugs summer school (EDSS) — ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’ — has opened in Lisbon on International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The two-week course (26 June–7 July), is a joint initiative of the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and is supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This year, the EDSS has reached its maximum capacity with a record of 50 participants enrolled from some 25 countries.
Through a multidisciplinary and interactive approach to the drugs problem, EMCDDA scientific experts, leading academics, guest speakers and policymakers, will prepare participants to meet the complex policy challenges in this field. The theme in focus this year will be ‘Preventing and reducing mortality’.