2017-2019: "EPPIC - Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems"

EU-Project funded by the European Commission Health Unit

Duration: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2019

Project-Webpage: www.eppic-project.eu/



Young offenders are considered one of the most vulnerable or at risk groups of developing drug problems and they are likely to be affected by a myriad of health and social inequalities.

EPPIC focuses on drugs prevention policy and practice for young people aged between 15 and 24 who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. We will identify innovative prevention projects, collect new information and examine the views of young people and service providers on prevention approaches for this target group.

EPPIC will cover research on prevention programmes in prison settings as well as forms of restorative justice such as diversion and therapy in six European countries: UK, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Austria.


Project Partners:

  • European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Vienna (Austria)
  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Change-Grow-Live (UK)
  • Drug and Alcohol Research centre, Middlesex Univerity (UK) 
  • Eclectica Research (Italy)
  • Institute of Addiction Research, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology Warsaw (Poland)

The Project...

  • … addresses issues of health, healthy environments, and social inequality of a vulnerable group of young people (those in touch with criminal justice systems) who are at greater risk than their contemporaries of developing problem drug use, including polydrug use and use of NPS.
  • … identifies and describes drug using trajectories of the target group and key intervention points to facilitate prevention and intervention efforts and to promote healthier lifestyles.
  • … identifies and develops tools (e.g. guidelines for quality assurance) and mechanisms (e.g. Criminal Justice Practitioner Forum) to facilitate the implementation of ‘best practice’ approaches in EU member states.
  • … facilitates the exchange of knowledge across partner countries and across other EU member states (research based and experiential knowledge, shared and jointly developed)