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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

New Hope Drug Rehabilitation Centre

Specialities:

Detoxification and rehabilitation of drug addicts in a single sex residential setting.

Contact/ address:

Caritas
5 Lion Street
Floriana VLT16
Malta

First Contact:

Outreach
82 Capuchins Street
Floriana
Malta

Rehabilitation Centre:

San Blas Therapeutic Community
Limits of Zebbug
Malta

Tel: 356 21 241 929 /
+356 21 245 358

Email: info@caritasmalta.com
Website: www.caritasmalta.org

Description: New Hope is a residential drug rehabilitation centre run by Caritas Malta. Caritas is a charitable Catholic Christian organisation which has a number of branch charities engaged in social welfare and health projects. Caritas works to educate against the misuse of drugs and works with the homeless, prisoners and other at risk groups. New Hope offers intensive detoxification treatments to those withdrawing from the effects of drugs as well as residential care and rehabilitation. First contact is made at the Caritas offices in Floriana, and rehabilitation occurs in single sex residential facilities at the San Blas Therapeutic Community.


Sedqa Drug Rehabilitation

Specialities:

Care and rehabilitation for those suffering from addiction problems and their families.

Contact/ address:

Aġenzija Sedqa,
4 Braille Street,
Sta Venera, SVR 1690,
Malta


Tel: 2388 5110
Email: email form on website.
Website: www.sedqa.gov.mt

Description:

Set up in June 1994, Sedqa is a government agency that aims to combat drug addiction and treat addicts. It is engaged in promoting healthy living and offers rehabilitation programmes to addicts, including those with addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling. Sedqa comprises two divisions, one of care and one of prevention. Each division contributes in a specific manner to the issue of drug dependency.


Oasi Foundation

Specialities:

Client-led therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation of those with drug addictions based around the ’12 Step’ model.

Contact/ address:

5, Triq Wied Sara
Victoria VCT 2963
Gozo
Malta

Tel: + 61 2 6639 8888
Email:admin@oasi.org.mt
Website:www.oasi.org.mt

Description:

Founded in 1991, the Oasi Foundation follows the ’12 Step’ model in its treating the problem of addiction to drugs and alcohol, where addiction is treated as a disease. The foundation works in the fields of preventative education as well as treatment, engaging in the provision of leisure and entertainment activities which serve to model a healthy lifestyle in the community. Its treatment programmes rely on the doctrine of total abstinence and families and significant others are welcomed into the rehabilitation process.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

National Drug Intelligence Unit (NDIU)

The NDIU was set up to bring together the Police, Armed Forces and Customs authority in order to co-ordinate the fight against the trafficking of illegal drugs in Malta. Their duties are to enact the aims set out in the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance legislation regarding drug trafficking and drug-related money laundering. The NDIU co-operates with international anti-drug trafficking agencies and liaises closely with the National Commission on the Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Dependencies in order to provide a comprehensive and joined-up approach to the prevention of drug trafficking in Malta.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Malta 2009-10 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

Wikileaks

Date:

6 November 2009

Internet link:

www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09VALLETTA490

Publishers website:

www.wikileaks.org


Name:

National Drugs Policy 2008

Type:

Preventative

Published Authority:

Government of Malta

Date:

January 2008

Internet link:

secure2.gov.mt/socialpolicy

Publishers website:

www.secure2.gov.mt

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Dangerous Drugs Ordinance

Published Authority:

Government of Malta

Date:

1 September 1939

Internet link:

mjha.gov.mt

Publisher Website:

www.mijha.gov.mt

Name:

Internal Control of Dangerous Drugs Rules

Published Authority:

Government of Malta

Date:

1 September 1939

Internet Link:

mjha.gov.mt

Publisher Website:

www.mijha.gov.mt


Name:

Substances Used in the Illicit Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Rules

Published Authority:

Government of Malta

Date:

5 January 2004

Internet link:

mjha.gov.mt

Publisher Website:

www.mijha.gov.mt

Facts and stats

  • A survey conducted in Malta in 2001 of 1,755 people aged between 18 and 65 found that just 0.5% admitted to being a current user of cannabis. Lifetime experience with other illegal drugs was admitted by 1.2%.
  • In 1995 students between 15 and 16 years of age were asked about illicit drug use and 2% said that they had used them at least once. In 1999 the response rate to this question rose to 8%, in 2003 it was 11% and in 2007 it was 15%.
  • In comparison with other European countries, drug use in Malta is among the lowest on record.
  • Cannabis is the drug most commonly abused in Malta.
  • Data from drug rehabilitation centres in Malta in 2009 found that of the 1,792 people were receiving treatment for drug addiction at that time, 250 were first time clients.
  • 83.4% of those seeking treatment for drug dependency in Malta in 2009 had an opioid addiction, 10% had a problem with cocaine and 5.5% were addicted to cannabis.
  • Overdose from opiates, most commonly heroin is the most common cause of drug-related death in Malta.
  • The climactic conditions in Malta make the cultivation of cannabis easy without artificial assistance. Cannabis resin, however, is most commonly imported from Morocco.
  • In 2009 there were 623 arrests for drug-related offences with around 74% of those being possession offences and 26% trafficking.
  • Drug trafficking in Malta carries with it a lifetime prison sentence.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Sedqa

Type:

Governmental

Address/ contact

Aġenzija Sedqa,
4 Braille Street,
Sta Venera, SVR 1690,
Malta

Tel: 2388 5110
Email: email form on website.
Website: www.sedqa.gov.mt

Sedqa, the National Agency Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, is a governmental body set up to combat various addictions and dependencies in Maltese society, including the use of illegal drugs, alcohol addiction and compulsive gambling. As part of the Foundation for Social Welfare (FSWS) it provides care of those suffering from addiction (including rehabilitation programmes) as well as working in the fields of prevention, education and research. It was founded in 1994 and brought together several separate governmental agencies that were working in the area of drug and alcohol abuse.


National Commission on the Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Dependencies

Type:

Governmental

Address/ contact:

c/o Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity,
Palazzo Ferreria,
310 Republic Street,
Valletta VLT 2000.

Tel: 2590 3104
Email: noel.m.grech@gov.mt
Website: secure2.gov.mt

The National Commission on the Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Dependencies consists of a forum of experts on various dependencies whose role is to help formulate policies for the government of Malta to better fight drug and alcohol addiction and other dependencies in Maltese society. The commission aims to identify and formulate policy proposals pertaining to the prevention and treatment of dependencies for Minister’s consideration, provide a forum for the discussion of theories on dependency, promote best practice in the field of dependency treatment and prevention and conduct research. The commission also collaborates with and co-ordinates the various governmental and non-governmental bodies with a view to advising on the most effective anti-dependence policies.


Caritas

Type:

Non-governmental

Contact/ address:

5 Lion Street
Floriana VLT16
Malta

Tel: 356 21 241 929 /
+356 21 245 358
Email: info@caritasmalta.com
Website: www.caritasmalta.org

Caritas is a non-governmental, Catholic charitable organisation that works in the area of social welfare. As well as running a drug rehabilitation centre called New Hope, it also does work with those suffering from various psychological and social problems, people with debt troubles, people at risk from HIV and AIDS, the elderly, prisoners and the homeless.


Oasi Foundation

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/ contact:

5, Triq Wied Sara
Victoria VCT 2963
Gozo
Malta

Tel: + 61 2 6639 8888
Email: admin@oasi.org.mt
Website: www.oasi.org.mt

The Oasi Foundation, set up in 1991, is a non-governmental organisation set up to provide education, prevention and treatment in the field of drug and alcohol abuse. It runs its own residential rehabilitation centre and is involved in numerous community projects to promote its philosophy of healthy living, spiritual well-being and a life free from dependency.