Good practice from Latvia and Lithuania presented in the international conference
New HIV prevention interventions from Latvia and Lithuania were presented during the 2nd European conference "Drugs, alcohol and criminal justice: ethics, effectiveness and economics of interventions" that took place in London on 24-25 June 2010. Natālija Praliča from Cēsis Correctional Institution for Juveniles, Latvia, informed about developing partnerships between different actors for delivery of HIV and drug education for young offenders. Kestutis Petrauskas from Lithuanian Ministry of Interior presented the new provisions for continuation of methadone therapy in police custody. Both interventions have been supported by UNODC project "HIV prevention and care among injecting drug users and in prison settings in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania".
The conference was attended by professionals and service users from health, drugs, and social care organisations, as well as probation staff, police, prison based staff and managers, academics and NGOs representatives. The conference looked at a range of interventions and treatments, from harm reduction to drug free 'recovery' and discussed how best the different components can be combined most effectively.
The key issues for the conference were:
Additional information and conference presentations are available on the website http://www.connectionsproject.eu/conference2010.
From left to right: Mr. Kęstutis Petrauskas, Deputy Head, Health Care Service Division, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and Ms. Natālija Praliča, Social rehabilitator, Cēsis Correctional Institution for Juveniles, Latvia.
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