[Press and Public Relations] Dealing With Drug Use [Conference at University of Leicester]

August 2001

No. 110

Three Day International Conference on Dealing with Drug Use organised by the Scarman Centre, University of Leicester

September 11-13, 2001

Conference Centre, Oadby, University of Leicester, Leicester UK. International Course No. 59 of the International Society of Criminology:

In order to tackle the problem of drug use, criminologists at the University of Leicester are calling for a consideration of western European approaches - distinct from the American 'war on drugs' policy.

They claim that a consideration of European models for tackling the problem of drug use may mean that many of the problems that have arisen in the US can be avoided.

Rosemary Barberet, a lecturer at the Scarman Centre, said: "So often British social policy is based on experiences imported from the United States. This conference is unique in offering a critical perspective on North American drug policy and a look towards drug policy in the rest of Europe.

Lecturer and conference co-organiser Christine Wilkinson added: "In 1998, the Government set out its 10 year drug strategy in Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain.

"The strategy centres on four key interlinked areas: young people, communities, treatment and availability. The major focus is on prevention, education, treatment for drug users, and active disruption of the drugs trade. Another important focus, leading to significant investment in information and research, is on 'what works'. It is clear, however, that certain aspects of the strategy have built on experiences in North America."

Ms Wilkinson said that although the American system of tackling drugs use was in many respects 'light years ahead' of the UK - one of the many problems was that it had filled prisons with drug users.

"European countries have also developed innovative systems for tackling the problem of drug use. For example, while syringe exchange in Swiss prisons might be condemned as condoning drugs use, it can help prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses which could eventually infect the wider community".

The three-day conference will consist of a day each on the following themes: Education, Prevention and Treatment (September 11), Drugs and Criminal Justice (September 12) and Drugs in Prison (September 13). Each day will commence with a keynote address that will provide an overview of the main issues. This will be followed by: a panel session with experts from the UK, the USA and selected European countries offering comparative views on policy and practice; a series of workshops on specific issues relating to the panel session; a workshop feedback plenary; and selected spotlight sessions on drug related policies and initiatives in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

The conference is an international course of the International Society of Criminology (ISC), an organization whose aim is to promote activities and research that will improve criminological knowledge internationally.

Note to editors: Further information is available from Christine Wilkinson or Rosemary Barberet, Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, (0)116 252 3946, email rb78@le.ac.uk


Day 1 - Education, Prevention and Treatment

Day 2 - Drugs and Criminal Justice

Day 3 - Drugs in Prison

Tuesday 11th September 2001

Provisional Programme

Chair. Rosemary Barberet. 9.30 Conference Opening Address: Lawrence Sherman, University of Pennsylvania and President of the ISC, 9.45 Keynote Address: Tim Newburn, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 10.15 Panel: Lana Harrison, University of Delaware, Vivienne Evans, Drugscope, Jeff Lee, Mentor Foundation, 11.15 Coffee,11.45 - 12.30 Education and Prevention workshops (include 1. Assessing local needs, 2. Managing drug related incidents in schools: Vivienne Evans, 3. Children living with users, 4. Reaching vulnerable young people: Mark Thomas, Leicester Community Drug team, 5. Working with parents: Hywall Sims, ADFAM, 6. Developing community responses. Lunch 1.45-2.45 Panel Lana Harrison, University of Delaware, Don Levoie SMAS, Ambros Uchtenhagen, University of Zurich, 2.45 - 3.30 Drug Treatment Workshops include: 1. Providing treatment to young people, 2. Dealing with diversity, 3. Amphetamines and cannabis, 4. Working with women who use drugs: Leonie Williams Hettie's, North Notts, 5. Dual diagnosis, 6. The role of pharmacists: Janie Sheridan, National Addiction Centre, 7. Working in partnership, 8. Experimental methodology: Larry Sherman, 3.30 Coffee, 4.00- 4.45 Plenary Session: Feedback from morning and afternoon workshops.

Wednesday 12th September 2001

Chair: David Pyle, Drug & Alcohol Research Unit, Home Office, 9.30 Keynote address: Mike Hough, South Bank University, 10.00 Panel: Mike Trace, EMCDDA Larry Sherman, University of Pennsylvania, Serge Brochu, University of Montreal, Peter Cohen, University of Amsterdam, 11.00 Coffee, 11.30 - 12.15 Morning workshops include: 1. NEW ADAM and the drugs crime connection: Trevor Bennett & Katy Holloway, University of Cambridge, 2. Policing drug hot spots: Larry Sherman (am. only), 3. Monitoring and evaluation of the drug arrest referral schemes: Arun Sondhi, Home Office, 4. Drug use in bail hostels: Helen Cantrell, Addaction, 5. Drug Testing in the Criminal Justice System: Lana Harrison, 6. Drug treatment and testing orders: Paul Turnbull: South Bank University, 7. The role of the YOTS, Kirsty Blenkins, Addaction, 8. Drug use and sex work: Tiggy May, South Bank University, Lunch 1.45 - 2.30 Afternoon workshops as above except where indicated, 2.30-3.15 Plenary Session: Feedback from workshops, 3.15 Coffee, 3.45-4.45 Spotlight session on drugs and criminal justice in the Netherlands: Peter Cohen, University of Amsterdam.

Thursday 13th September 2001

Chair: Christine Wilkinson, Scarman Centre, 9.30 Keynote address - Paul Hayton, Lead Project Officer, Collaborating Centre, WHO Health in Prisons Project, Prison Health Policy Unit, Department of Health, 10.00 Panel - Malcolm Ramsay, Home Office; John Davies, Strathclyde University; Serge Brochu, University of Montreal, 11.00 Coffee, 11.30 - 12.15 Morning workshops include: 1. Syringe exchange in Switzerland: Joachim Nelles, 2. Impact of therapeutic communities in Canadian prisons: Serge Brochu, 3. Implementing harm reduction in prison: Lana Harrison, 4. Closing the circle: integrating prison and community: Davie McCue, Scottish Prison Service, 5. Dealing with blood borne viruses in prisons: Sheila Bird, Biostatistics Unit, MRC, 6. Evaluation, Drugs and Prisons: Malcolm Ramsay, Home Office, 7. Risk reduction for drug users in prison (am) Assistance to drug users in European prisons (pm), Heino Stover. Lunch. 1.45-2.30 Afternoon workshops as above except where indicated, 2.30 -3.15 Plenary Session: Feedback from workshops, 3.15 Coffee, 3.45-4.45 Spotlight session on drugs in prison in Switzerland and Germany: Joachim Nelles, University Psychiatric Services of Berne and Heino Stover, University of Bremen.

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