New EMCDDA Publication on Drug Prevention Interventions Targeting Minority Ethnic Populations

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has announced a new publication on “drug prevention interventions targeting minority ethnic populations: issues raised by 33 case studies”.

This thematic paper, in which the Srap project is discussed, addresses drug use, addiction and drug services amongst migrants, ethnic minorities and immigrants, notably amongst Roma populations, in 29 European countries. It promotes the necessity for drug research and drug services to conduct ethnic monitoring and to act on the results.

The publication raises issues such as the cultural competence on staff working in direct contact with participants, the use of peer educators and the effects of social exclusion. It also addresses the question of sustainability and the balance between generic and specialist services. It questions to what extent generic services can demonstrate that they provide a culturally competent service that operates effectively in different cultural contexts, so that the needs of all members of their target population, whatever their ethnicity, can be met by equitable access, experience, and outcome.

The EMCDDA has monitored the progress of Action 20 of the European Action Plan (2009-2012), which required member states ‘to develop, as appropriate, services for minorities, including, for example, migrants’.  The results of this paper will inform the EMCDDA’s plans for monitoring drug prevention interventions, through data collection, design and quality, and the dissemination of knowledge.

For more information, and to download the publication: follow the link http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/thematic-papers/prevention-minority-ethnic-populations