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Thursday, 6 October


9:00     Check-in of participants


9:30     Welcome and opening addresses:


10:00   French data concerning drug prevalence – 2010
          Marie-Line Tovar, Head of unit “General population surveys”, OFDT

In June 2010, the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (OFDT) and the French National Institute for Prevention and Education in Health (INPES) have published the results of the last French survey on adults’ drug use prevalence. For men as well as women, the survey shows a decrease of alcohol use during the week, but an increase of drunkenness periods. On the other hand, the level of daily tobacco use has risen between 2005 and 2010. As for the illicit psychoactive substances, cocaine, poppers, heroin and mushrooms uses are rising significantly and the cannabis use prevalence is stable.

Presentation in PDF: TOVAR_Drug-prevalence-France.pdf


10:30-11:00 - Coffee break


11:00   Gambling prevalence and practices in 2010
Maud Pousset, Director, OFDT

In order to estimate the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in France a study coordinated by the OFDT was nested in the wide national survey “Health Barometer”, conducted by the French National Institute for Prevention and Education in Health (INPES).

The initial sample included 25,034 people (18-75 years) and a screening criteria question, which asked if they had gambled at least once during the previous year. Those who had gambled in the previous year are categorized as gamblers. Among these “gamblers”, those who had gambled at least 52 times during the last year, or bet more than 500 Euros were labeled “active gamblers” and were given the entire questionnaire, including the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI).

Almost half of the people (48 % n=11 780) gambled at least once in the previous year, and 12.8 % were active (n=2 762). Among them, 3.7 % met pathologic gambler criteria. Pathologic gambling is associated with sex (75.5 % male vs 62.7 % of active gamblers population) and age (mean age 41 years vs 47 years for active gamblers). Pathological gamblers are less educated and have a lower monthly income. Their gambling practice is also more eclectic and they bet more on average than active gamblers. Pathological gambling is also associated with the consumption of psychoactive substances: daily smoking, alcohol dependence and cannabis use.

Of the 25,034 people (18-75 years) surveyed 0.4% (n=79) met criteria for pathological gamblers, indicating that France stands behind the United States and Australia for prevalence, and close to other European countries according to available studies.


11:30   USA national resource center utilization of information technologies to promote public health and safety within higher education settings
Tom Colthurst, Chief operating officer, MPA, Silver Gate Group, San Diego, California

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Higher Education Center provides support to all USA institutions of higher education in their efforts to address problems related to alcohol and other drug abuse and violence. Through a variety of products and services, the Center works with colleges, universities, and proprietary schools nationwide to develop strategies for changing campus culture, to foster environments that promote healthy lifestyles, and to prevent high risk alcohol and other drug use and violence among students. We utilize a variety of information technologies, including Web-based publications and learning opportunities and e-mail delivery of technical assistance. This presentation will summarize alcohol and other drug-related problems within USA higher education settings and describe the Center's strategies for alleviating those problems.

Presentation in PDF: COLTHURST_Higher-Education-Center.pdf


12:00-13:00 - Lunch


Session on sources and tools


13:00   Use of an OpenURL link resolver at INRA
Odile Viseux, in charge of electronic resources and related services, Scientific and Technical Information department, INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique / French National Institute for Agricultural Research)

Libraries should provide services to their users to help them improve their use of the available electronic resources. Integrating these resources into their working environment is important to develop the usages. The OpenURL, the open standard ANSI/NISO Z39.88-2004, is a specific mechanism to transport metadata between a source of information and a link resolver that can process them and display the user related services that may meet his needs according to his context. This presentation aims to explain specifically the services of an OpenURL link resolver that are available to researchers, to understand the operating principles and identify the skills and techniques needed for its implementation.

Presentation sent on demand to documentation[at]ofdt.fr


13:30   Documenting for communication
            Fiorenzo Ranieri, Referent, Cedostar, Italy

Knowledge and its documentation has been a property of experts like scholars, scientists, doctors and others for many centuries. In the era of reflexive modernity, the relationship between information and mass has changed, especially in vital sectors such as health. Documentation is now much more than a tool for just the experts, it is a real form of social communication, that can be bad or good, part of the flow or on the edge of civil life.

Presentation in PDF: RANIERI_Documenting-for-communicating.pdf


14:00   Sources and tools within gambling addiction (15 min)
Aurélie Wellenstein, Librarian, Marmottan Hospital, Paris 

Pathological gambling is the subject of numerous researches and publications in various fields. However, there’s no database that gather all the literature about this topic. We will present some websites for in-depth researches in this field.


14:15-14:45 - Coffee break


14:45   The implementation of the open source library system Koha at VAD
            Marc Wauters, Librarian, VAD

VAD library offers a database with bibliographic descriptions of 15.000 documents on alcohol, drugs and gambling, including 1300 online reports and articles. In Spring 2011, the database was integrated into the free open source library system Koha. The Indian firm Nucsoft OSS Labs converted the existing CDS/ISIS database, and provided hosting and support. The MARC records are stored in a MySQL database. The OPAC offers many useful features like the management of book lists, catalogue enrichment, virtual bookshelves and RSS-feeds. The package also contains a circulation module.

Presentation in PDF: WAUTERS_Koha.pdf


15:15   Information about legal highs: authoritative sources in websites networks
Thierry Delprat, webmaster, OFDT

On March and April 2011, we identified 202 French websites providing information about legal highs with 3 search engines (Google, Yahoo and Le Moteur/Orange/Voila ). We explored the hyperlinks listed by these websites and reconstructed the specific networks linking those websites between themselves and with other European websites, using a Firefox add-on, Navicrawler.

Once this work was done, we studied our new sample of 507 websites in order to determine which websites and what kind of websites represented the main authoritative sources, considering three groups of substances (phenethylamines, tryptamines and synthetic cannabinoids). To this purpose, we used Gephi, an open-source software allowing to produce graphs with the data collected.

Public websites appeared to be under-represented compared to online drug shops and forums of users. This phenomenon was obvious for the tryptamines, and less noticeable for the synthetic cannabinoids.

Presentation in PDF: DELPRAT_Information-about-legal-highs.pdf


15:45   Debate: "Have we learned something from this session that can help us in our professional life and strengthen Elisad?"


16:45~17:00    End of the day


Friday, 7 October


Session on addiction and the media – different levels of communication


9:15     Common difficulties in achieving responsible coverage on drug issues  

Julie-Emilie Adès, Communication officer, Head of “Information and communication” unit, OFDT 

Exaggeration, overstatement, misinterpretation, unconscious promotion… here are some common mistakes made by journalists in covering drug issues. Through the OFDT example, this presentation explains why it is difficult and what to improve when dealing with these subjects.

Presentation in PDF: ADES_Common-difficulties.pdf


9:45     The Perils of Progress – mis-information or quality information – what is the impact? (45 min) 

            Christine Goodair, Past chair, Elisad / Chair-elect, Salis

This presentation will look at the use of web2 technologies such as blogs, social networking sites and how they are used within the information setting, as well as considering the dangers and perils of such new technologies. Issues relating to mis-information, quality, and the impact that the sound-bite information society is having upon policy making with reference to addictions will be considered.
Presentation in PDF: GOODAIR_Perils-of-Progress.pdf


10:30-11:00 - Coffee break


Session on drug markets

11:00   Drug and profit: techniques used by drug dealers and structures to fight it in France
            Nacer Lalam, Research fellow, INHESJ  (Institut National des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice / National Institute of Studies on Security and Justice)

 The main objective of a drug dealer is to make profit. But according to the place in the hierarchy of drug distribution, the earnings are different. Some need to launder their gains whereas others sell drug to satisfy their “basic needs”. What are the techniques used to hide the origin of their illicit activity? Could we estimate the turnover and the profits? Is the fight against the criminal assets efficient?

Presentation in PDF: LALAM_Drugs-and-profit.pdf


11:30   European cannabis production: evolutions and consequences of the European cannabis market
            David Weinberger, Researcher & sociologist, INHESJ (Institut National des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice / National Institute of Studies on Security and Justice)

In a near future, a number of European countries are likely to become producers - and therefore suppliers - of cannabis. Nowadays, all European cannabis users have the possibility to grow cannabis efficiently with new potent varieties named “sinsemilla” and indoor cultivation methods. The production equipment appears to be easily available, mainly through the Internet or specific shops. These evolutions suggest that European cannabis production is growing and that it has the potential of being strongly competitive with imported cannabis. The first part of the presentation will be dedicated to an European overview of the domestic production of cannabis and its evolution. The second part will analyse the implications that changes in these markets can have on the traditional supply sources and how this changes import route and flows, the ties and news actors. Finally, a specific focus will be dedicated to our comparative methodology applied on Europeans data and networks.
Presentation in PDF: WEINBERGER_European cannabis production.pdf

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

13:00   Elisad General Assembly 


15:00   End of the day - Conclusion of the meeting


20:00   Elisad dinner
Restaurant Auberge du Clou, Pigalle  http://www.aubergeduclou.fr/presentation.php  

30 avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris

Phone: +33 (0)1 48 78 22 48

Métro: Pigalle, lines 2 and 12


Saturday, 8 October 


10:00-13:00 Cultural program: Guided walking tour

Meeting point:

Outside the metro station FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, line 1 (left exit)

In front of the Pizza Pino restaurant, 31/33 avenue des Champs-Elysées (at the corner of the Marignan street)




Last modification date: September 28, 2011 


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