Kick off meeting
On 11-12 February 2019, the Liguria Region hosted the Kick off meeting of ASAP-Training, a European project including 15 collaborating institutions from 11 countries.
The Kick-Off Meeting brought together all members of the consortium as well as representative of the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction), EUSPR (European Society for Science Prevention and Research) and UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). It has been the opportunity for an update on the main objectives of the project and the launching of initial actions.
The consumption of illicit drugs involves a quarter of adult population in EU. The prevention of drug use and drug-related problems among young people is a key objective in European national drug strategies and covers a wide range of approaches. Prevention science over the past years has gained important results accumulating evidences on the effective drugs prevention interventions and the definition of quality standards.
The guiding question of ASAP-Training project is: how can we improve the quality of drug prevention systems?
The two-fold aim is to identify the strength and weaknesses of the different EU countries prevention systems and the implementation of training intervention to spread the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards.
The project has a runtime of two years (2019-2020) and is coordinated by A.Li.Sa. the public enterprise responsible for the regional health service of Liguria Region. Four objectives are addressed by:
- To promote and support an integrated and complex approach to drug prevention intervention analyzing the different models of drug prevention systems
- improve knowledge and skills of prevention workforce on main prevention science topics and prevention quality standards among EU countries
- improve the adaptability and transferability of prevention quality standards to European countries systems
- promote mechanisms to allow sustainability of activities that promote the diffusion of prevention quality standards
The ASAP-training project will be implemented by 11 partners from 9 EU countries in close co-operation with stakeholders, governmental and international experts, including EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction), EUSPR (European Society for Science Prevention and Research) and UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).