Harm reduction policies are key to improving the health of Europeans

BRUSSELS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yesterday the Platform for better preventive health care organized a political briefing “What are the next steps in European addictions policy”, moderated by Czech MP Radka Maxová (Socialists and Democrats). The briefing brought together health experts and political actors to discuss the report of the Special Committee on Action against Cancer (BECA) adopted last February by the European Parliament. The discussion focused on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and addictions management.

Recent data shows that the pandemic has led to an increase in addictive behaviors related to alcohol, gambling, tobacco and digital addictions among Europeans. Relying on the best available scientific evidence, the BECA report acknowledged the importance of harm reduction policies such as the use of harm reduction products such as e-cigarettes. The panel discussion echoed the recommendations of the report and Professor Viktor Mravčík, Scientific Director at the Institute for Rational Drug Policy, said that “Harm reduction is not sufficiently used in tobacco control policies and further support is needed in the form of adequate legislation and the promotion of alternative products which are an overlooked tool in discussions on smoking cessation .

The actions proposed by MEPs in the BECA report on the management of drug addiction are crucial to ensure that future health policy is based on science and puts the health of European citizens first. MEP Radka Maxova pointed out that “solutions to addictions require a coherent and comprehensive approach at EU level.”

With the upcoming review of its tobacco legislation, the European Commission will have the opportunity to recognize the harm reduction policies suggested by the European Parliament. Addiction must be treated rationally and scientifically sound, the panel concluded.

About Platform for better preventive health care

the Platform for better preventive health care organized by the Institute for Rational Drug Abuse Policies (IRAP) is a multidisciplinary think tank made up of independent and renowned experts. IRAP studies the issue of addiction in all its aspects, including public and individual health, legislation and other legal effects, safety issues, economics and market modelling, tax issues, effects on the state budget, education and prevention, and social, sociological and political effects. questions.

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