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From recreational drug use in party setting to problematic drug use among youth in Serbia

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Transcript of From recreational drug use in party setting to problematic drug use among youth in Serbia

Drug use
among youth in recreational party setting, data and trends
In 2014. NGO Re Generation conducted a research “Clubbing and youth health” among party and festival goers in Serbia, that was the first research of that kind on national level.
More than 3000 young people, from 15 – 35 years old filled the online survey.
Results showed that recreational drug use is very common.
Risk behavior
related to drug use in recreational party
setting in Serbia
Roma youth face in Serbia


Availability of information regarding drug use health

Legal invisibility

Lack of accessibility to health and social system.

Lack of nightlife outreach programs and awareness of Government, responsible actors and bodies for their need in Serbia.

Existing programs:
-Universal prevention measures are predominantly implemented in Serbia
-Selective and indicated prevention programs are quite limited

There is no national research regarding effectiveness and outcome of interventions in the field of drug prevention in recreational setting

Lack of awareness regarding needs for evaluation after closing of specific programs

Lack of proces and outcome evaluation of specific programs

Injecting drug use among Roma in Serbia
Serbia has a significant injecting drug user population, many of them belonging to a marginalized ethnic minority, the Roma

Thanks to grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, several harm reduction services were introduced into Serbia during the first decade of this century.

Among 400 Roma youth, aged 15 to 24, surveyed in Belgrade, about 7% reported drug use. (EMCDDA, 2014)
Among those who use drugs, 26% use drug by injecting (EMCDDA, 2014)

From recreational drug use in party setting to problematic drug use among youth in Serbia

Every 10th person has tried substance and didn’t know what it was
25% of all persons that are using stimulants do not drink water when they are using them on parties
67% persons use stimulants while drinking alcohol
52% of all young people who snort psychoactive substances are sharing sniffing tool with their friends, 83% of them are using banknotes
86% had sexual intercourse under influence of alcohol. While 53% had sex while using drugs.
Harm reduction programs in Serbia

Irena Molnar, NGO Re Generation

Cooperation is extremely important for several main reasons:
Governmental institutions can not reach all of young people, speccially ones who are hard to reach youth.
Harm reduction program implemented by civil society organizations dont have sustainability when funding is over
Networking of civil and public sector is an essential, for the benefit of users
Organizations experiences of good practice cooperation

Lack of accessibility of needle exchange programs to young injecting drug users

Questionable sustainability of all harm reduction programs in Serbia due to the end of Global Fund HIV project in September 2014, implemented by Ministry of Health:
All 4 needle exchange programs are left without funding because lack of sustainability on the national level (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Niš)

Needle exchange program in Kragujevac is closed

Programs in Niš and Novi Sad are funded throughout indirect sources.

Young injecting drug users are under significantly higher risk of blood and sexually transmitted infections

Challenges of harm reduction programs in Serbia

There is need for sustainable sources of national funding for prevention and harm reduction programs for young drug users in Serbia

There is need for bigger government funding allocated to programs of selective and indicative prevention

There is a need for specifically tailored programs for young drug users
Young users of psychoactive subsdtances in Serbia lack of awareness about consequences on health due to use

38% young people do not use condoms regularly when having sexual intercourse under the influence of drugs

40% young people who go out to nightclubs do not know where they can be tested for HIV and Hepatitis C

90%  young people who go out to nightclubs are not tested for HIV and Hepatitis C in the past year

77% of young people believe that it would be useful to inform young people in clubs and at parties on techniques of harm reduction and on safe sexual practicies

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