The European Union and the Drugs: an Overview (*)


Over the past two decades, the European Union and its member states have developed together a common approach to address the security and health implications of drug trafficking and drug use.

EU drugs strategy 2021-2025

The EU approach is based on:
-the evidence of what works and what does not work in terms of policy and measures
-the balance between drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction
-multidisciplinarity, given the cross cutting nature of the drugs phenomenon
-innovation and foresight, given the complexity of the drugs situation and market
-respect for human rights, gender equality and health equity
-the participation and involvement of civil society

On 28 March 2023, the Council presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on this regulation. On 27 June 2023, the Council adopted a legislative act which will replace the existing European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) with a European Union Drugs Agency. The agency will play a key role in the EU’s response to new health and security challenges posed by illicit drugs.

The regulation will provide the agency with the means to:
-respond to new health and security challenges posed by illegal drugs in a more efficient way
-better support member states
-contribute to improving the situation at the international level
-European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
-EU Drugs Agency: Council adopts negotiating mandate on strengthening the role of the agency (June 2022)
-EU Drugs Agency: Council presidency and European Parliament agree to strengthen the agency’s role (March 2023)
-Council gives green light to creation of EU drugs agency (June 2023)

Other EU agencies working in the field of drugs include:
the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)
the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)

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-In the frame of:“the participation and involvement of civil society”:
The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) and its hundred of Say No To Drugs (SNTD) associations and groups across Europe are supporting these actions of drug prevention and education of the youth and public at large. To empower the youth and adults with factual information, so they can make informed decision and avoid the harming effects of illegal drug use, the SNTDs are distributing and making available their materials from the series The Truth About Drugs (**):
-14 The Truth About Drugs booklets in 22 languages ( The Truth About Drugs, The Truth About: Marijuana, Alcohol, Synthetic Drugs, Ecstasy,Cocaine, Crack, Crystal Meth, Inhalants, Heroin, LSD, Ritalin Abuse, Painkillers, Prescription Drug Abuse.
-The Truth About Drugs Education Package
-Documentary videos

The harming facts about drug use have to be known before being reached and be fooled by a drug dealer!

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Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe was formed in March 2004 with the firm purpose of preventing and stopping debilitating drug use through educating non-users concerning the harmful effects that drugs can inflict upon the body, mind and personality, and by finding and directing existing users to programmes that can help them achieve comfortable abstinence for life.

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