Upcoming event: Time to rethink our policy on drugs – Experiences from Europe and the Americas

Source: Flickr.com, RE: Vision Drugs
Source: Flickr.com, RE: Vision Drugs

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1st floor, 1000 Brussels

Illicit drug misuse is a major public health problem in Europe and the world. However, response to this phenomenon varies greatly from country to country. In Europe, although drug policies vary, a general trend towards de-penalization and in some cases even de-criminalization of personal drug consumption can be observed. Data reflect that countries implementing more stringent policies towards illegal drug use do not have lower levels of drug consumption than countries with more liberal policies. In this context, the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy stated in its report that “prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of production and the disruption of drug flows as well as the criminalization of consumption have not yielded the desired results.”

This event aims at breaking the taboo surrounding the debate on illicit drug production, traffic and consumption, not letting aside the moral perspectives on the issue, but focusing on an evidence-based approach to the drug phenomenon. It further aims at discussing different experiences towards de-penalization and de-criminalization of illicit drug use. An in depth revision of current drug policies around the world is urgent, especially in light of the enormous human and social costs and its threats to democratic institutions, especially in production and transit countries.

Speakers include Pavel Bém, Former Drug Commissioner of the Czech Government, Dr. Carel Edwards, Former Head of Unit Drug Policy Coordination for the European Commission, Mechthild Dyckmans, Drug Commissioner of the German Federal Government, Prof. Stephen Pudney, Professor of Economics at the University of Essex, Professor Jorge Quintas de Oliveira, School of Criminology at the University of Porto and Diana Rossi, Professor at Buenos Aires University and Coordinator of Research at Intercambios. The event will be moderated by Brian Carney, The Wall Street Journal

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