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In our “Their experience” column there is a new topic – this time we talk about the Greek project “KETHEA ITHAKI“. Over 35 years they help drug users in Greece. Today this is a powerful organization which consists of 120 units (departments), has not only the annual budget of 18 mln Euro but also most important its services are absolutely free for users.

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Today in our rubric “their experience” is the story about the Macedonian project HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje https://hops.org.mk/. This organization has been working in the field of assistance for addicts for more than 20 years. How it all began, what are the needs of vulnerable groups today, how to avoid professional burnout about this and not only in our story from Macedonia.

*Macedonian shooting— a way, a method of conducting a fight with fire-arms, most often with pistols. Assumes the fight with two hands. Such a method provides duplication of firepower of the shot.


HOPS is not only condoms and needles, it is also a social work, doctors and changing of articles in laws.

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In our “their experience” column today we will talk about help to people with addictions, who are in prison now.

In December 2013 Federal Service of Execution of Punishments of Russia (FSEP) opened the first in its structure center for rehabilitation of drug addicted who are guarded (convicted persons, accused and addicted). The center is situated in psychiatric hospital near the city investigation insulator #2, more well-known as “Butyrka”.

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Today in our “their experience” column the story on Portuguese project which is called IN-Mouraria http://www.gatportugal.org/projetos/inmouraria_1.

This is the drop-in center which is located in the block of Lisbon called Mouraria and was opened in 2012.

“I started to use drugs from 12 years old, today I use crack and hashish”, – says M. with a smile; according to her the total experience of drug use is over 30 years.

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