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Second European Parliament report on the proposal for a Decision adopting a programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence

The European Parliament has published a second proposal for a Decision adopting a programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence.

This session document is the second of two under the same reference, the first of which concerns the communication from the Co...
The European Parliament has published a second proposal for a Decision adopting a programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence.

This session document is the second of two under the same reference, the first of which concerns the communication from the Commission on Community action in the field of drug dependence.

The communication provides an overview of actions already taken at Community level and sets out an approach for future initiatives. This second report, of 3 July 1995, has been drawn up by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. It details amendments to a legislative proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence within the framework for action in the field of public health. It also includes a draft legislative resolution which embodies the European Parliament's opinion on the above proposal.

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection sets out a number of conclusions in this report. Among other points, it states that the problem of drug dependence does not lie solely within the province of health, rehabilitation and the law, but is also an educational and social phenomenon. It states that the role of the family should be highlighted in Community family policies in this context.

The Committee also refers to the importance of social assistance for drug addicts if they are to become reintegrated into society, especially in relation to employment. It suggests that this can be achieved through suitable instruments such as:

- Financing job training projects for drug addicts who have completed a course of therapy;
- Employing drug addicts in non-dangerous jobs;
- Employment contracts which allows workers, who are required to take periods of time off in order to undergo detoxification treatments, to keep their jobs.

Finally, the report highlights the problem of drug addicts in prison and the need to step up assistance to developing countries which produce the basic materials from which drugs are made, in order to provide local producers with alternative sources of income.
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