REMAINING TIME FOR 2nd International Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health



The 2nd International Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health is organized by the Turkish Green Crescent Society and will be held in Istanbul in 26-27 November 2018.

The Turkish Green Crescent Society is a national non-governmental organization that works in the areas of addiction, such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs and gambling. The Society is engaged in activities related to advocacy, primary prevention and rehabilitation for addictions since 1920.





The 2nd International Symposium On Drug Policy and Public Health Speaker List

Prof. Dr. Mücahit Öztürk
Turkish Green Crescent Society, President

Assoc. Dr. Azize Nilgün Canel
Turkish Green Crescent President, Vice President

Sultan Işık
Turkish Green Crescent President, General Manager

Dr. Gilberto Gerra

Dr. Sertaç Polat
Ministry Of Health

Stig Erik Sørheim

Monica Barzanti

Dag Endal
Drug Policy Features

Annette Dale-Perera

Kevin Sabet
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Andre Noor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toker Ergüder
WHO Turkey

Kamran Niaz

Dr. Jane Mounteney




9.00-10.30 Registration

10.30-11.00 Keynote

Dr. Gilberto Gerra, UNODC The complex neurobiological vulnerability for drug use disorders:  An unexplored territory essential for prevention and treatment

11.00-12.00 Opening remarks

Prof. Dr. Mücahit Öztürk, Turkish Green Crescent Society

Dr. Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Health, Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey 

12.00-13.00 Lunch break 

13.00-14.30 Session 1 Global and local perspectives on drug use

Chair: Prof. Dr. Recep Akdağ

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toker Ergüder, WHO Turkey

Kamran Niaz, UNODC Overview of the global drug use situation and emerging trends

Dr. Jane Mounteney, EMCDDA Global and local trends- A European perspective

Dr. Sertaç Polat, Ministry of Health Current situation in control of drug use in Turkey 

14.30-15.00 Coffee break 

15.00-16.30 Parallel session 2a Global drug control policies and standards

Chair: Dr. Gilberto Gerra

Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Challenges with drug policies- video presentation

Stig Erik Sørheim, EURAD Global drug policies

Monica Barzanti, SanPatrignano Recovery oriented policies

Dag Endal, Drug Policy Features Ten steps for successful national action against drugs

Annette Dale-Perera UNODC/WHO International quality standards and quality assurance mechanisms for the treatment of drug use disorders

15.00-16.30 Parallel session 2b Collecting data on drug use: Importance, methods and challenges

Chair: Dr. Jane Mounteney

Andre Noor, EMCDDA Core monitoring and complementary data collections at the EU level

Andrew Jones Substance Misuse: Prevalence, need and treatment surveillance

Prof. Dr. Faruk Aşıcıoğlu A study on monitoring psychoactive drug use through wastewater analysis

Valerio Bispuri Challenges of taking photos of drug users 

16.30-17.00 Coffee break 

17.00-18.30 Parallel session 3a Approaches to drug use and prevention initiatives

Chair: Doç. Dr. Murat Şentürk

Prof. Dr. Ali Ayten Spiritual dimension of drug use and faith-based interventions

Dr. Darin Weinberg Reflections on the ecology of addiction

Prof. David Best Addiction recovery as a form of social contagion

Prof. Derek Heim Addiction policy and practice: Towards a more social approach

Prof. William Crano How to create persuasive media messages? 

17.00-18.30 Parallel session 3b National programmes and services against drug addiction I

Chair: Doç. Dr. Azize Nilgün Canel

Prof. Dr. Kültegin Ögel Community based interventions against addiction

Melike Şimşek Green Crescent Counselling Centres

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Evren Alcohol and Drug Research, Treatment and Training Centres (AMATEM)

Dr. Arzu Çiftçi Alcohol and Drug Research, Treatment and Training Centres for Children (ÇEMATEM)

Dr. Osman Altay National Rehabilitation Model of the Turkish Green Crescent Society 




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