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COPOLAD updates
We begin 2017 with the development of those activities planned in the Annual Action Plan until June. The production of tools which facilitate the consideration of evidence into decision-making in the field of drugs-policies stands out due to its relevance.

January begins with the organisation of the Working Groups of Latin America, aimed at validating, in the area of Treatment and Harm Reduction, the Quality Criteria in Drug Demand Reduction (Component 2 of the programme). We proceed, also within this component, to the development of topics for the third COPOLAD on-line course, for which enrolment will be open for professionals obtaining COPOLAD grants in each country, and which will take place during the second semester of 2017.

Based on the work carried out during the 1st Annual Meeting of National Drugs Observatories (Kingston, Jamaica, 5-9/12/2016), we are defining the final contents of the Working Groups, which will carry out the activities programmed for the NDO (Component 1).

After the success of the 1st Annual Week on Precursors (Barcelona, Spain, 8-11/11/2016), and the 1st Intra-regional Dialogue Forum on Alternative Development (Bogotá, Colombia, 12-14/12/2016), we are working on the development of the agreed activities taking special attention to the reflexions and inputs collected during both events in the area of Drug Supply Reduction (Component 3).

In March, we will present, in the framework of the 60th Period of Sessions of the Narcotics Commission (Vienna, Austria, 13-17/03/2017) some of the work carried out during 2016, in the COPOLAD Parallel Event, organised by EuropeAid - European Commission. Also, we are preparing the next bi-regional meetings planned for the first semester of 2017, specially the 2nd COPOLAD II Annual Conference (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16-17/05/2017), and the 1st Bi-regional Meeting on Good Practices, which, in its first edition, will be dedicated to Drugs-policies and criminal justice reforms: alternatives to imprisonment for drug-related offences (San José, Costa Rica, 27-29/06/2017).

The excellent evaluation obtained for the activities carried out until now encourages us to keep working, relying on the cooperation of all interested countries and institutions in this commencing year, in which the visibility and communication of the programme will also be strengthened with new tools and innovations, of which this #01 of BITS is an example. We hope that it will be of your interest, and we remind you that its different sections below are open to your inputs.

Thank you for your attention,

COPOLAD in context
 During 2016, at the CELAC Drug National Agencies and international partners, COPOLAD welcomed:
Brazil: Roberto Allegretti (SENAD) + 
Peru: Carmen Masías (DEVIDA) +
Colombia: Marisol Palacio (Directorate for Drug Policies and Related Activities) + 
Guatemala: Juan Rafael Sánchez Cortés (SECCATID) +
Uruguay: Diego Olivera (JND) +
Venezuela: José Ramón Castillo (ONA) +
Chile: Antonio Leiva (SENDA) +
Dominican Republic:  Rafael Guerrero Peralta (CND) +
EMCDDA: Alexis Goosdeel + 
CICAD-OAS: Adam Namm +
 More news:
- Argentina:
To host the XIX High Level Meeting of the Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism EU-CELAC. +
- Peru: 
DEVIDA starts the evaluation of the Drug Treatment and Prevention Programme – PTCD in the educative field+
- Peru / Bolivia: Agreement for joint actions and air space control against drug traffiking. + 
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publications & audiovisual
Análisis del Consumo de Marihuana en Población Escolar (SEDRONAR)
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Rethinking International Drug Policy: Adopting a Public Health Approach
CSIS: Rethinking International Drug Policy
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Opioid substitution treatment explained
EMCDDA: Opioid substitution treatment explained 
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EMCDDA: Director interviewed in National Spanish Radio
research papers
  • Maritime transportation of illegal drugs from South America. International Journal of Drug Policy, 39 (2017) 43-51 ABSTRACT PDF
  • Drug decriminalization and the price of illicit drugs. International Journal of Drug Policy, 39 (2017) 121-129 ABSTRACT PDF
  • The effectiveness of compulsory drug treatment: a systematic review. International Journal of Drug Policy, 28 (2016) 1-9 . ABSTRACT PDF
  • The dangerous Drugs Act Amendment in Jamaica: Reviewing goals, implementation and challenges. International Journal of Drug Policy, 37 (2016) 60-69  ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Digital Interventions for Problematic Cannabis: Users in Non-Clinical Settings: Findings from a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, European Addition Research, 22(5): 233-242 (2016). ABSTRACT PDF
job & training
job opportunities
  • Fundraising Specialist. UNICEF (Panama City). Deadline: 27th January. +
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, No-2. UNICEF (Brasilia). Deadline: 30th January. +
  • Health & Nutrition Officer, NO-B. UNICEF (Asunción). Deadline: 1st February. + 
  • Consultant for the analysis of FAO’S comparative advantage in the evaluation of strategic objective 1. FAO (Home based). Deadline: 31st January. +
  • Internships. EU-LAC Foundation (Hamburg). See internships cycles and application deadlines. +
  • Intern - Drug Control & Crime Prevention. UNODC (Vienna) Deadline: 26th January. +
  • Program Management and Partnerships Specialist. PAHO/WHO (Tegucigalpa) Deadline: 24th January. +
  • Subregional Program Coordinator, Central America. PAHO/WHO (El Salvador). Deadline: 27th January. +
  • Advisor, Health Systems and Services. PAHO/WHO (Brasilia) Deadline: 5th February. +
  • Statistics Assistant. ECLAC (Port of Spain) Deadline: 8th February. +
  • Public Information Officer. ECLAC (Santiago de Chile). Deadline: 17th February. +
  • Chief of the Public Information Unit. ECLAC (Santiago de Chile) Deadline: 19th February. +
  • Administrative Assistant. ECLAC (Santiago de Chile). Deadline: 26th February. +
  • Assistant or Associate Professor -Crime Law and Governance in the Americas. University of Florida. Open application. + 
  • INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship (+), INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship (+), U.S.Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship (+) NIDA (USA). Deadline: 1st April. 
training opportunities
  • European Drugs Summer School. EMCCDA. 700 EUR. Early bird registration deadline: 3rd February. +
  • Fundación Carolina. Call for applications for Ibero-American students. Deadline: see “Ficha técnica” on each programme. +
  • Drugs prevention on work environment Course. Proyecto Hombre Association. Free [Spanish]. +
  • Preventive intervention on addictions for security forces Course. Madrid Salud. Free [Spanish]. Open for registration. + 
  • Prevention on educational environment Course. Madrid Salud. Free [Spanish]. Open for registration. +
  • Prevention within family context Course. Madrid Salud. Free [Spanish]. Open for registration. + 
  • Understanding drugs and addiction. King’s College London. Free. Start date: 27th March. +
  • Latin America at the international changes: threats and opportunities. Universidad de Chile. 26 EUR [Spanish]. Start date: 23rd January. +
  • Democracy and public decisión-making. Introduction to public policy analysis. Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. 26 EUR [Spanish]. Start date: 30th January. +
  • Lisbon additions 2017. 24th-26th October 2017. Organized by SICAD, the journal Addiction, EMCDDA and International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). 350 EUR. Early bird registration deadline: 31st March. +
  • HepHIV 2017 Conference: HIV and Viral Hepatitis: Challenges of Timely Testing and Care. 31st January-2nd February 2017. Organized by Rigshospitalet (University of Copenhagen), European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and AIDS Fonds Netherlands. 350 EUR. +
  • The 27th Annual ICRS Symposium on the Cannabinoids. 22nd-27th June 2017. Organized by International Cannabinoid Research Society. Opening registration: February. +
tool box
This section presents existing and new tools developed by COPOLAD and other relevant Agencies.
The Ibero-American Library on Drugs and Drug Additions (BIDA) is a useful tool for sharing documental funds among countries.
The COPOLAD's Centres & Services Directory provides information uploaded by the CELAC countries about this matter.
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The Execution and Coordination Body of COPOLAD (ECB-COPOLAD) is not responsible for the content or reliability of any of the resources referenced in BITS-COPOLAD (events, website, publications or other tools). In all cases, the opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the institutions that sustain them, their participants or their authors; therefore, they neither reflect the positioning of the COPOLAD Consortium nor that of the European Commission. Considering that respect for the environment is one of the core values of COPOLAD, the Consortium is committed to organize its activities taking its impact on the environment into account, particularly regarding CO2 emissions. As such, virtual communication techniques are prioritized and the use of recyclable material is recommended, to the extent possible, during the implementation of the Programme.
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