CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC

Improving Drug Treatment Services


General objectives of the EU-LAC initiative:

To facilitate the development of public policies in drug demand matters, including the incorporation of treatment, rehabilitation and reinsertion programs into the local health care systems.

As appropriate, to help improve the policy-making capacity of partner cities to support the provision of drug treatment by creating a learning partnership among programs in different cities.

To build an exchange partnership among cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union that will mutually reinforce the knowledge, skills and experience they need to better serve their problematic drug users, attaching particular attention to social exclusion problems, the social and health consequences of drug use, and the safeguarding of human rights.


To develop actions aimed at improving drug treatment services at the municipal level (between cities from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean) in collaboration with other regional and national agents, as well as with the health systems. The different activities described (see section 9 below) cover the following areas of work: data collection, design and development of a local rapid assessment, needs assessment, planning, capacity building, and treatment system evaluation.

Objectives of the collaborative actions

  • To improve treatment interventions by incorporating new procedures based on best practices
  • To plan services geared to existing supply and demand
  • To adapt existing record-keeping systems for tracking patients in treatment (demographics, clinical history, admissions, referrals, etc.)
  • Capacity-building for personnel working in drug treatment at different levels of intervention, covering different training needs
  • To help evaluate the impact of the interventions and prepare cost studies: social and economic impact of treatment services and inter-institutional collaboration

EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships is an initiative funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the EU or the OAS.

updated on 3/7/2011 11:05:58 AM