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June 28, 2004

Employment can be a route out of drug use : News

(Source:'EU drug-abuse experts ponder 'routes out' ' : The Scotsman [Online] 28 Jun 2004)

Some130 delegates from eight European countries will today discuss ‘routes out’ of drug abuse, i.e., the best ways that recovering drug users can gain employment, at a conference in Glasgow. The event has been organised by Greater Glasgow Drug Action Team, the Scottish Drugs Forum and the pan-European drugs information network T3E. The conference aims to highlight the role of employment in the later stages of treatment of drug users and how it can help stem the rise of drugs problems. Dave Liddell, director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, said: “Despite being increasingly important in national drug strategies, employability is a subject rarely considered at international exchanges and this is an excellent way for policymakers to learn lessons from elsewhere so the people of Scotland can benefit." The Glasgow event follows a series of events organised by T3E across the European Union over the past ten years. At the Scottish conference, policymakers, practitioners and delegates who have had drugs problems hope to agree on a strategy that can be fed into drugs policies at both EU and individual-country level.

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