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Associació Benestar i Desenvolupament (ABD), Josep Rovira.
A programme that targets young drug users in recreational spaces using a peer-to-peer methodology to inform and raise awareness about harm reduction and risk minimisation.
What solution does the innovation propose?

The programme offers young users peer-to-peer, confidential counselling 
and advice about drugs, including tests and substance analysis. It focuses on prevention and risk reduction by going to the places where consumption takes place and establishing a fluent communication with youngsters, so as the information is perceived useful by them. The organisation employs young volunteers with experience in the same recreational spaces with the aim to increase effectiveness.


Reina Sofia Award, category ‘Prevention in the Educational Community’ (2014). European Drug Prevention Prize, Council of Europe (2010). Awards for innovation projects by the City Council of Barcelona (2004). Prize to the most innovative programme by the National Youth Council of Catalonia (2003).

Impact evidence

  • In 2016, the programme reached almost 40,000 people.
  • Between 52 and 100% of users choose to discard rather than consume a substance after undergoing a Drug Testing Service.
How does it work?

The team is made up of young professionals trained in the field of social intervention, health education and risk reduction associated with substance use. Together with a team of volunteers, professionals attend festivals, parties or venues where drug consumption is expected. They offer peer-to-peer confidential advice about illegal substances and the consequences of mixing them or taking unknown products. Additionally, they use pedagogic and educational materials such as comics and videos. Chemical analysis are also offered to check if drugs have been manipulated and are actually lethal, and make informed decisions accordingly.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Barcelona, Spain.
Where has been implemented so far
Implemented throughout Spain.
Last updated: 
June 2017

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