Background information

As part of the activities envisaged by Art. 15 of Decree 309/90 regarding prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, the Italian Ministry of Health set up a project that involves the collection and selection of national and international documentation on drug addiction and AIDS prevention among drug addicts, for dissemination at the national level. The project also envisages the publication of a quarterly, the Bulletin on Drug Addiction and Alcoholism.

This project, which has been implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has become an important reference point and source of information over the years, for those working in this field at the institutional level (public administration, the Regions, etc.), in research (universities, Higher Health Institute, National Council for Research, etc.) and at the operational level (public drug dependence units, community workers, social workers, etc.). It gives them access to bibliographical, didactic, informative and audiovisual material as well as information on the latest significant national and international trends regarding drug addiction prevention and care.

UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute) was established in 1968 and is the research and training arm of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, which has its headquarters in Vienna. For over 30 years, UNICRI has provided the UN Member States with technical assistance and expertise in the field of the crime prevention and the administration of justice.

The main functions of the Institute are:

  • to identify appropriate strategies, policies and practical tools to prevent and control criminal phenomena, with the aim of contributing towards the promotion of social and economic development and the protection of human rights;

  • to design and implement training activities at the national and international levels, upon the requests of Member States;

  • to promote the exchange and dissemination of information by maintaining an international documentation center on crime and crime-related issues.

On 1 May 2000, UNICRI transferred to Turin, where it now has its headquarters (in Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10, 10127 Turin). An antenna office has been set up in Rome, located in Piazza San Marco, 50 00136 Rome, Italy. This UNICRI Rome Office has the task of maintaining frequent and direct contacts with the Rome-based institutions that are involved in some of UNICRI’s projects – such as the one described in this site which is realized with the Ministry of Health - thus guaranteeing their full implementation.

For further information on the work of the Institute, please consult UNICRI’s web site at

Donato Greco

Executive Director
Carlo Vetere

Editorial Board

Roberto Iadicicco

Guido Vincenzo Ditta

Pietro Canuzzi
Teresa di Fiandra
Daniela Galeone
Alessandra Liquori
Natalia Magliocchetti
Paola Maran
Tiziana Mattioni
Giovanni Nicoletti
Bastiana Pala
Romina Pendenza

Scientific Committee

Carmelo Furnari

Antonio Boschini
Marcello Chiarotti
Gilberto Gerra
Teodora Macchia
Emanuele Scafato