Rehabilitation and Medical Centers
Comunita Narconon Gabbiano, Lecce
A facility providing treatment and support for drug addicts, helping them to get off and stay off of drugs.
Tel: (39) 0832-841856
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
Treatment of symptoms of drug addiction, whilst encouraging addicts to change their lives for the better.
San Patrignano 53
47852 Ospedaletto di Rimini
Tel: +39 0541 362111
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.
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
(HQ) Strada Versetole 2
05022 Amelia (Terni)
Founded in the 1960s, Comunita Incontro is a non-governmental association that aims to help people with drug addictions through community integration and meetings.