On September 7, 2021, in Belgrade, the Office for Combating Drugs, in cooperation with the Association “Izlazak”, within the project “I choose recovery”, organized the signing of the Protocol on the Establishment of Multidisciplinary Teams with six local government units: Loznica, Sabac, Sremska Mitrovica, Bor, Majdanpek and Novi Pazar.

The Protocol on the Establishment of Multidisciplinary Teams aims to establish cooperation and coordination of relevant actors at the local level in protecting the rights of vulnerable categories affected by or at risk of addiction and implementing alternative measures and programs to help and support recovery from addiction while respecting their best interests. Multidisciplinary teams in local self- government units aim to develop a platform and support bodies for vulnerable categories affected by the problem of addiction so that actors can support each other in efforts related to addiction, which are both for the benefit and mutual interest of the local community and users.

After the signing ceremony, the representatives of the City of Loznica had the opportunity to present the Action Plan for the fight against drugs in the City of Loznica, as an example of good practice, and to share information on the advantages and challenges in forming and functioning of a multidisciplinary team in Loznica.

This was followed by a workshop where Mulka Nišić, a representative of the Association “Celebrate Recovery” from Bosnia and Herzegovina, gave a lecture on the AMBCD model of mapping and resource mobilization in the local community, as well as ways and procedures of developing action plans at the local level, and then teams from six local governments collected ideas, exchanged information and laid the foundations for the development of action plans in the territories of their local governments.

After the workshop, the representative of the Office for Combating Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Jovan Vojnović, addressed the audience, emphasizing that he was honored and pleased that the global campaign called “Listen carefully” to the United Nations Office against Drugs and Drug Addiction Crime (UNODC), which is carried out in cooperation with the Office for Combating Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, should also be carried out in local self-government units.

“It is important to raise awareness of the importance of proper education and active listening to children as a sure step to grow up healthy and safe, so it is important to be part of this project which is considered the longest prevention project in our country,” he concluded. Representative of the Office for Combating Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Jovan Vojnović.