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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Comunita Narconon Gabbiano, Lecce

Specialities:

A facility providing treatment and support for drug addicts, helping them to get off and stay off of drugs.

Contact/Address:

Contrada Sentinella
Torre dell'Orso
Lecce 73020,
Italy

Tel: (39) 0832-841856
Email: info@narconontop.org
Website: www.narconontop.org/index.html

Description:

Also known as “Narconon Top”, Comunita Narconon Gabbiano is a well-equipped facility that aims to give addicts the best possible chance at recovery. Located in picturesque surroundings, this centre has helped thousands of addicts to live productive and drug-free lives.


San Patrignano, Rimini

Specialities:

Treatment of symptoms of drug addiction, whilst encouraging addicts to change their lives for the better.

Contact/Address:

San Patrignano 53
47852 Ospedaletto di Rimini
Rimini
Italy

Tel: +39 0541 362111
Email: info@sanpatrignano.org
Website: www.sanpatrignano.org/?q=en

Description:

San Patrignano welcomes young men and women of any age with drug abuse problems, completely free of charge. It aims to provide a safe place in which they can deal with their addiction, learn new skills and re-integrate successfully back into society.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Central Office for Narcotic Drugs

Contact/Address:

Central Office for Narcotic Drugs
Ministry of Health
Viale Giorgio Ribotta
5 00144 Rome
Italy

Tel: +39 06 5994 3530
Tel: +39 06 5994 3669
Website: www.salute.gov.it/

There are several organisations involved in the control of drugs in Italy, however the Central Office for Narcotic Drugs, as part of the Italian Ministry of Health, is the body that deals with classification under Article 18 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Illegal drug trafficking in Italy is policed by the Guardia di Finanza, a branch of the armed forces that also deals primarily with more serious crime such as Mafia activities, illegal immigration and fraud.

Italy, as part of the EU, also enjoys assistance and co-operation from law enforcement agencies across Europe.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

New National Action Plan on Drugs 2010-2013

Type:

Preventive/Security

Published Authority:

National department for drug policy

Date:

Internet link:

www.governo.it/backoffice/allegati/63855-6864.pdf

Publisher website:

www.politicheantidroga.it/

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

DPR 309

Published Authority:

National department for drug policy

Date:

October 9, 1990

Internet link:

www.federserd.it/legis/drp_309_9-10-90_aggiornato.pdf

Publisher website:

www.politicheantidroga.it/

Facts and stats

  • The number of inpatients for drug treatment in Italy has been falling slightly in recent years. In 2009 there were 33,983, compared to 2007 where there were 35,586.
  • Opioid addiction accounts for the most drug treatment cases, however this figure is also falling. Cocaine and cannabis appear to be on the increase.
  • Historically, Italian laws were generally based around the non-criminalisation of the consumption of drugs, and it was only in 1990 that more robust legislation concerning drugs was passed.
  • Even now however, drug use is not actually mentioned as an offence in the actual legislation. Instead the criminality of drug-related acts is largely decided on a case by case basis.
  • Whilst drug use is not technically an offence in Italy, possession of restricted substances is, and is punishable by administrative sanctions or prison sentences.
  • Trafficking carries far more severe penalties, with possible prison sentences of up to 20 years and fines of up to €250,000 where significant quantities of restricted drugs are involved.
  • Cocaine use is becoming more prevalent in Italy, particularly in wealthier areas. Official figures indicate that 1.1% of Italians aged 15-34 use cocaine at least once a month, however studies have suggested that this figure could actually be as high as 2.7%.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Comunita Incontro

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

(HQ) Strada Versetole 2
05022 Amelia (Terni)
Italy
Tel: 0744.9771
Website:www.comunitaincontro.org/

Founded in the 1960s, Comunita Incontro is a non-governmental association that aims to help people with drug addictions through community integration and meetings.