Developments in responses to drug use

EU policy

The mid-term evaluation of the EU action plan on drugs 2000–2004, undertaken by the European Commission, observes that Member States give priority to demand reduction and follow the lines set out in the action plan. However, it perceives a need for the EU to make an even stronger effort to develop innovative prevention programmes. While acknowledging achievements, it stresses that much work remains to be done, including the development of systems of evaluation of national and EU activities.

The Presidencies of the Council in 2002, Spain and Denmark, introduced resolutions in order to improve the commitment of Member States to further invest in drug prevention programmes in school curricula, to intensify efforts aimed at the prevention of the recreational use of drugs and to improve the treatment of drug users in prisons. In May 2002, the Commission presented a proposal prepared in consultation with the EMCDDA for a Council Recommendation on the prevention and reduction of risks associated with drug dependence, addressing the target of the EU Drugs Strategy to reduce substantially the incidence of drug-related health damage using risk reduction measures that have been shown to be successful.