Workshop Planning System: Step@aTime, for Caribbean countries
Drugs Demand Reduction
2nd edition of the Workshop on Planning in Drug Demand Reduction: Scope and Use of the planning tool “OneStep@Atime”, addressed to the Caribbean countries.
Since the inception of COPOLAD most countries have noted the importance of strengthening training in planning and evaluating drug strategies, plans and programmes, in a context of little opportunities for training in this area. Within this framework, we have tried to define a response that, in addition to being useful and easy to access and manage, could respond to this need. Representatives of the majority of countries active in the first phase of COPOLAD participated in the process of identifying needs and possible responses, and from this process the idea of developing a user-friendly support management tool raised. As a result of this extensive process, we have been able to develop the interactive support tool "OneStep@atime". This instrument aims at improving professional skills for the design, planning and evaluation of interventions in the field of drug use. To this end, it offers information on the different phases of the design of a drug demand reduction intervention, as well as a working space for designing each intervention. The training methodology developed in the workshop combine theoretical presentations with practical activities to generate skills in the use of the application and make affordable the planning of quality interventions in DDR.
In coordination with institutions of the Argentine Nation specialized in the matter, this fourth edition of the COPOLAD Annual Weeks in Chemical Precursors has the participation of more than 80 experts and 40 countries and organizations of CELAC and the EU, which address issues such as: collaboration with industry, the role and work of forensic laboratories, legislation and inter-agency cooperation on precursors; the challenge of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), among others that are of interest to both regions which will involve daily work sessions in plenary and field visits. In this context, the progress made by the COPOLAD working groups on precursors is also presented.