Strengthening the fight against drugs
Turkey lies on a main transit route for drugs, particularly for the illicit trafficking of opiates and heroin, making it necessary to step up its own anti-narcotics efforts and to become fully integrated in the EU’s campaigns. The EU has contributed to these related goals by supporting the establishment of the Turkish Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (TUBİM) and the formulation of a national drug strategy in line with EU policies. Data collection, analysis, evidence-based policies and coordination are essential in the fight against drug smuggling and drug abuse, a battle which is important not only for Turkey but for the wider region.
The aims of the project and its core activities
The focus of this project was to prepare TUBİM for full participation in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and to streamline Turkey’s anti-drugs legislation with the legislation, legal acts and court decisions which constitute EU law.
In an effort to build up their skills and provide insight into best practices elsewhere, TUBİM officials attended workshops and participated in study visits with partner EU organisations in Germany and Greece. This served to strengthen TUBİM’s institutional structures of as a national focal point of the EMCDDA.
In addition, TUBİM improved its means of data collection nationwide with regard to treatment, forensic labs and supply reduction, standardising them with EMCDDA norms.
It also encouraged scientific studies, using appropriate methodologies, on the prevention, intervention against and reduction of drug abuse.
Moreover, CSOs and the media were made more aware of their responsibilities as social partners in the area of drugs prevention.