Young people with mental health issues and drug abuse behavior

Lucija Sabliljić is social pedagogue and she is working in Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute for Public Health, Public Health Department, Center for mental health and addiction prevention. They are having four locations in Zagreb and their aim is to locate and cover as many young people with mental health problems in general, especially those who use or abuse illegal drugs. They are collaborating with Social welfare and other relevant stakeholders in community.


That working group has newly developed within the online conference of our second Learning Teaching Acitivity, which was planned to take place in Zagreb (Croatia). The group deals about the NPS topic from an employee perspective:

Science-based work about NPS

Mia Štefanović is a young social pedagogue who is working in diagnosis and treatment young people with different behavioral problems. She found out about NPS few years ago and since then it became great interest of her. Her final thesis was about NPS. While she was writing it she researched from different researchers theoretically and now she has experience in practically work.


The first LTTA in Budapest (hungary) resulted in that working group whose aim was to develop a questionnaire that could be used in all facilities of the participating countries.

New Psychoactive Substances: situation in croatia

Smilja Bagarić is working in Croatian Institute of Public Health and she has a lot of experience in work with consumers of all kinds of illegal substances. In her presentation for Handle it!, she was talking about new psychoactive substances. She divided them into legal highs, food supplements, medicines, research chemicals and designer drugs. She also talked about types of control that are used by different countries, with highlight on Croatia. Croatia adopt new generic list of drugs in 2019. More about you can hear in her presentation.