Innovative Local Approaches towards New Trends in PsychoActive Substance uSe, A European Conference 

Timely responding to new psychoactive substances in our communities

The conference was held 5 - 6 February 2015 in Breda, The Netherlands. For the speeches and presentations click on the links in the programme below. For the photos click here.  

 Purpose of the Conference
  • Present the results of the Local PASS Project, including tools for identification, risk assessment, and interventions to respond to NPS
  • Share knowledge on, discuss, and review ways to respond to new psychoactive substances
  • Meet and network with other professionals involved in drug prevention and treatment
  • Raise social and political awareness on the subject of new psychoactive substance use

 Our conference is of interest to anyone involved in  drug prevention and treatment, and in particular  (local) government, policy makers, social workers,  health professionals, and research institutions. 

 Keynote Speakers



Thursday February 5, 2015

Presentation Results and keynote speakers
Location: Lutherse Kerk

14:00 - 14:15 Opening programme by mayor/alderman 
14:15 - 14:45 Keynote speaker: Jane Mounteney (EMCDDA) (see her presentation here)
14:45 - 15:30 Presentation Results Local Pass by Renée Otte

15:30 - 15:45 Tea break

15:45 - 16:30 Keynote speaker: Pavel Bem (see his presentation here)
16:45 - 17:00 Interview with Mayor of Rucphen
17.00 - 18.30 Drink and appetizers

Social Programme
18.30 - 20.00 Social programme (citytour + subject related theatre)

Dinner City Hall
20.00  Dinner in the City hall


Friday February 6, 2015

Opening programme
Location: Lutherse Kerk

9.30 Doors open
9.45 - 10.00 Opening of programme / recap of the first day
10.00 - 10:45 Keynote speaker: Christian Schneider (see his presentation here)

11.00 - 12.30 Workshops

11:00 - 12:30

Long workshop by Local PASS on the tools: Identification, Risk assessment, and Interventions (Vendula Belackova, CUNI, Dep. of Addictology; Eva Drapalova, CUNI Dep. Of Addictology)


11:00 - 12:30

Long workshop on Cooperation between Law Enforcement and Public Health in addressing emerging drug trends (Christian Schneider, Swiss National Police; Floor van Backum, Jellinek Prevention; Jean-Paul Grund, CUNI, Dep. Of Addictology


11:00 - 11:40

Short workshop Stedelijk Kompas (Carien van Weezel)


11:00 - 11:40

Short Workshop on peer education and difficulties in information strategies (Machteld Busch, Mainline Foundation; Alex van Dongen, Novadic-Kentron; Rob Voermans, Novadic-Kentron)

11:50 - 12:30 

Short workshop on GHB (Harmen Beurmanjer, NISPA)

11:50 - 12:30

Postersession of European projects on NPS: CASSANDRA, EU Madness, NPS in Europe, NADPI


Lunch, Keynote Speakers and plenary paneldiscussion
Location: Grote Kerk

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch in Grote Kerk
14.00 - 14.45 Keynote speaker: Jean-Paul Grund (see his presentation here)
14.45 - 15.45 Plenary paneldiscussion: Human rights of PUD in the age of NPS & Internet (intro by Mat Southwell) 
15.45 - 16.30 Keynote speaker: Rutger Engels
16.30 Drink and appetizers

The conference will be presented/ led by a chairman: Jonathan Groubert