What's Happening Near You: Hungary

EMCDDA. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction for Hungary

The Hungarian National Focal Point (NFP) is the national agency of the European drug information network. The NFP strives to collect and process data and information of other institutions and to provide national and international organisations with them to help decision making on the exploration, treatment and solution of the drug problem.

OGYEI. Orszagos Gyermekegeszsegugyi Intezet (The National Institute of Child Health)

The National Institute of Child Health aims to provide child health protection and health care-related data collection, analysis, information, research and activities that aim to improve children's well-being. The Institute also works with partner institutions and organisations that are dedicated to protecting children.

Egészséges Magyarországért Központ (Centre for Healthy Hungary)

The Centre for Healthy Hungary in a non-governmental organisation founded by physicians and psychologists in 2009 to helping people with tobacco, weight and alcohol problems to make changes in their lifestyles. The organisation's main activities include: providing health information as well as individual, group and telephone counselling to individuals with alcohol, smoking and weight problems.

Plans for a drug free Hungary on the way

The Hungarian Parliament is discussing a new strategy to completely eradicate drugs by 2020 in the country. The plan focuses on prevention in families and churches, involving 50% of students in prevention programmes, and also calls for more effective criminal action against dealers and drug users. The proposal follows the introduction of harsher penalties for drug dealers and users in July 2013. Statistics show that drug use amongst Hungarian youth has been on the rise and that the age of initiation has also dropped in recent years, according to Hungary's Ombudsman Mate Szabo. The strategy is expected to be approved by parliament this week. Central Europe has seen very different approaches to addressing drug problems with, for instance, all narcotic substances being illegal in Poland and the Czech Republic having the most liberal laws on soft drugs in the region.


European Drug Prevention Quality Standards - your views urgently rerquired

Everyone engaged in drug prevention, from commissioners and funders, through to researchers and practitioners, is asked to respond to this online survey for the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards Phase II project. The results will inform the development of support materials for implementing and applying the Quality Standards. It is hoped to identify what is required with respect to content, priority target groups, and preferred formats for materials, such as online, hard copy, etc. The survey can be completed in seven languages: French, Polish, German, Hungarian, Greek, Italian and English. Please complete the survey before February 12, 2014.



MADÁSZSZ was established by thirteen NGOs in 2004. The organisation offers professional support and assists the communication among its member NGOs. The association expresses its main activities on the field of representing the NGOs of drug-prevention and harm-reduction from the strategic areas of drug-coordination.

UNICEF Hungary National Office

The main objectives of UNICEF's Hungarian National Office is:

  • To contribute to the implementation of UNICEF's mandate;
  • To inform the Hungarian public opinion on the situation of the world's children;
  • Mobilisation of financial resources to contribute to the implementation of UNICEF's international children's programmes; and
  • To contribute to the promotion and protection of children's rights.