Appendix 1 – Opinion of the Pompidou Group
on Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Recommendation 1813 (2007)
The Pompidou Group Permanent Correspondents
examined, at their meeting on 16 April 2008, in the light of the
intervening discussion in the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health
Questions (GR-SOC), the comments adopted by its Bureau on 26 February
2008 concerning PACE Recommendation
1813 (2007) and adopted the following revised version for the attention
of the Committee of Ministers.
The Pompidou Group notes with
interest PACE Recommendation
to which it refers noting that many of the concerns
and measures outlined in the latter reflect issues and approaches
which have and continue to be priorities for the group and its work
2. The group reaffirms that the right to health care is a fundamental
human right and that authorities such as the World Health Organization
have recognised drug addiction as an illness. The access of drug
addicts to appropriate health care services is therefore essential.
3. It also recognises that drug addiction and non-addictive use
of psychoactive substances are extremely complex phenomena which
demand that social and environmental factors are taken into full
account, that service responses also include social and practical
assistance and care and that due account is taken of the legal consequences
deriving from the status of controlled substances.
In respect of issues raised by the resolution, the group wishes
to draw attention to:
- its recent
publication on treatment services for young persons;
- the on-going work on the adaptation of treatment systems
to the needs of specific groups of drug user and to the evolution
of trends in drug use;
- the prevention programmes in schools based on the life
skills principles it has helped implement in several countries;
- the EXASS Network which enables the exchange of experience
between projects exemplifying co-operation at local level between
different services and stakeholders in addressing drug use issues;
- the work being developed on the ethical issue raised by
- the central place of evidence-based policies in the approaches
recommended by the group.
5. As regards the proposal to develop a European convention on
promoting public health policy in drug control, the group considers
that a feasibility study on whether to formulate and adopt such
an instrument could be undertaken.
6. The Pompidou Group would be well placed to undertake this
work, if the Committee of Ministers so desires, in collaboration
with other relevant Council of Europe bodies such as the CDSP and
taking into account the views of civil society.