A paradigm shift in national and international drug policies

131112_Policy on drugs_96dpi (11 von 127)“The momentum is there to change the policies on drugs for the better!” declared Pavel Bém, physician, former Drug Tsar of the Czech Government and Member of The National Drug Commission, during the conference “Time to rethink our policy on drugs – experiences from Europe and the Americas”. The event, organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom with the support of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, gathered a multidisciplinary group of experts to discuss possible alternatives to the current drug policies implemented around the world. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading