Meeting organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Ministry of Health in the capacity of coordinator on the topic of “PARIS PACT EXPERT TASK FORCE ON INTEGRATED TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION WITHIN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM” Belgrade, the Palace of Serbia 10-11 October 2016.

Belgrade, the Place of Serbia – A meeting on the topic of “PARIS PACT EXPERT TASK FORCE ON INTEGRATED TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION WITHIN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM”, was held in the period 10-11 October 2016, under the auspices of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Ministry of Health in the capacity of coordinator, on which occasion, apart from the participants from regional countries and Russia, representatives of the Office for Combating Drugs actively participated. The main conclusions of the meeting were laid out in six items: 

– Partners from the Paris Pact Initiative should provide that drug addiction treatment is regularly integrated into the public health system;

– Analysis should be made on the state of play within the treatment of drug addiction and care for the addicts, by using methods of institutions of UNODC and the World Health Organization for treating drug addictions, in order to evaluate the existing and potential capacities in response to the needs of the endangered population;

– Increasing capacities for financing institutions for treating drug addictions at all levels of the healthcare protection system, with the aim to provide comprehensive protection system; to the purpose, available verified instruments for strengthening capacities can become available and used as a technical support within the response to specific needs of the countries and to make them available to the funds. 

– Creating register of focal points for prevention of drug abuse and treating drug addictions, aimed at strengthening connections with public health system; to that aim, the 4th pillar of the Paris Pact Initiative would serve as a platform for lasting dialogue on analysis of priorities, trends, disagreements and needs in the area of investigation development policy, prevention of drug abuse and treatment of drug addiction. 

– Partners of the Paris Pact Initiative should consider integrated actions of the institutions for prevention and institutions for treating drug addiction as a response to special needs of the groups such as: women, children, youth, refugees, migrants, persons serving prison sentences. 

– Providing inter-sector coordination of development of relevant policies, strategies and programs in accordance with international standards for treating disorders occurred due to drug abuse.

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