AVODP-aim and objectives

The Association of Varna Organizations for Drug Prevention was established in 2000 and re-registered in 2009 as a non-governmental organization and civil association.

The main aim of the organization is:

to prevent drug use/abuse and its related harms by development of effective services and establishment of effective network of state’s, municipal’s and non-governmental organizations

The objectives of AVODP are to:

  • Increase the awareness of the community on all aspects of drug use, drug dependence and related harms;
  • Provide stakeholders with reliable data and information on drug use tendency;
  • Provide effective services for problematic drug users and groups at risk ( minority groups, women, offenders);
  • Increase stakeholder’s knowledge of good practice and policy for tackling drug use and its adverse consequences
  • Contribute to effective institutional cooperation;


  • Research in drug tendency;
  • Training of experts and volunteers on drug issues;
  • Establishment of effective institutional cooperation;
  • Delivery of social and medical services;
  • Referral;
  • Education;
  • Work with offenders

With respect to offenders the aims of AVODP are:

  • to achieve continuity in the treatment of PDU offenders
  • delivering services in prison settings that are equivalent to community-based services, which meet the real needs of PDU offenders

Here, the role of AVODP is to deliver drug services in prison, together with the prison staff, and be a mediator between the prison and community-based services. Representatives of AVODP work in cooperation with prison staff in the prison setting and are involved in the process of needs assessment, service delivery and referral for PDU offenders.

Prison services delivered by AVODP

  • Counseling
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Trainings
  • Need assessment
  • Referral
  • Education

Ivan Popov
Association of Varna Organisations for Drug Prevention
6 Dobri Voinikov Street
Floor 3
PC 9002
Varna, Bulgaria
Tel: 00359 52607015