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In March, United Nations celebrates in Vienna the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), where countries, Internacional Organisations and civil society will follow up UNGASS outcomes (@CND_tweets). In this framework, the European Union organises a Side event about COPOLAD: Building support tools for evidence-based policy making on drugs, to be held on March 15th at 1:10 pm at the VIC (M3 Room).

In this side event, COPOLAD will present, in #COPOLADVienna60CND, and following its first year of action, tools that contribute to the strengthening of public policies on drugs, which are comprenhensive and effective, evidence-based, respectful to human rights and with a sensitiveness gender approach.

Representatives of several Latin American and Caribbean countries will present the progress achieved within the Programme's framework. We will count with the participation of Ambassador Didier Lenoir, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna and the Chairpersonship of Greer McKinney (@gdmckinnen) from the Drugs Observatory at the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS), Ministry of National Security of the Bahamas. Teresa Salvador-Llivina, Director of COPOLAD, Diego Olivera (@dolivera_uy), Secretary-General at the National Drug Board (JND) of Uruguay, Yalile Martínez (@YalileMartinezB), Secretary-General at the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA) of Peru, Álvaro Guzmán Scharder, Second Secretary at the Chilean Embassy in Vienna and Esther Best, Manager at National Drug Council (NDC) of Trinidad and Tobago will participate in this panel.
The Argentinean Co-Presidency of @CELAC and the Maltese Presidency of the EU (@ECRepMalta) to the EU-CELAC Mechanism for Coordination and Cooperation on Drugs, formally announce the 2nd COPOLAD Annual Conference, focused this year in Tackling two important challenges for drugs policy: “Internet illegal drug markets” and “Synthetic drugs” . The Conference will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina, 16th-17th May, 2017). This conference will allow to share main challenges posed by drug trafficking in the internet, as well as the threats that drugs policies must face regarding synthetic drugs. The Conference will also let the CELAC and EU countries make an assessment of the activities undertaken within the COPOLAD II framework, in its first year of implementation as well as outlining the activities planned for the second year.

At the end of the month, will take place in Santiago, Chile (27th-31st March 2017), the first meeting of the two COPOLAD working groups on the validation of the quality and evidence based criteria (basic and advanced) on treatment and harm reduction programmes in Latin American countries. Chile, @Senda_gob, who leads these activities, will host both meetings.
We keep on working in the development of other activities planned for this semester. In Ecuador, jointly with @Prevendrogas_Ec and @giz_gmbh we are organising the COPOLAD Peer to peer workshop in Alternative Development and value chain; and in Costa Rica, along with the ICD and @CICAD_OEA,  the 1st Bi-regional meeting for the exchange of best practices: "Drugs Policy and criminal justice reform: alternative treatment to prison for drug law offences". Further information about those activities will be provided in upcoming BITS.
We hope this information and other contents of BITS are of your interest.
The COPOLAD team
COPOLAD in context
bi-regional & international cooperation
CICAD/OAS: 17 countries, PAHO and COPOLAD among the participants at the XVII Drug Demand Reduction Experts meeting +
EuropeAid: Project on supporting preventive and drug control measures in Nicaragua +
EMCCDA: Publication of “Single Programming Document and 2017 work programme” +
INCB: Increased vigilance and international cooperation on drug problem and human rights +
WHO: Recommendations on new psychoactive substances +
International & regional cooperation on drugs: Colombia/Argentina + + Paraguay/Peru + Paraguay/Argentina + Uruguay/Canada +
Institutional strengthening on addiction treatment: MINSAL/SENDA + UNODC/WHO +
country feedback
Colombia: Annual report on drugs 2016 is presented at Minjusticia +
Dominican Republic: National Drugs Council, DNCD y MINERD launch “Yo elijo mi futuro” programme, addressed to students +
Ecuador: Interview with Rodrigo Suárez, Director of Secretaría Técnica de Drogas (SETED) +
Panama: Seizure of drugs reaches its peak in 2016  +
Portugal: SICAD presents its annual report + and you can read an interview with
João Goulão, its Director-General +
Spain: Official statement of Spanish Epidemiology Society on alcohol and Public Health +
The Netherlands: Parliament vote to legalise marijuana production +
United Kingdom: Drugs fatalities in 2016 overtake car fatalities for the first time +
Bustos: "Podemos dejar que el tema siga siendo de narcotraficantes o intervenir con pol. públicas"
Chile: "We can confine the debate to drug trafficking or to intervene with public policies instead". (AUDIO IN SPANISH)
Peru: Executive President of DEVIDA favors a policy review on medical marijuana. (AUDIO IN SPANISH)
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publications & audio-visual
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What are new psychoactive substances?
OEDT: What are new psychoactive substances?
Análisis del Consumo de Marihuana en Población Escolar (SEDRONAR)
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Drogas y emociones
Conference  "Emotions and drugs" (SPANISH AUDIO)
research papers
  • Attitudes towards drug policies in Latin America: Results from a Latin­ American Survey. International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 41, 8–13 ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Bidirectional relationship between time preference and adolescent smoking and alcohol use: Evidence from longitudinal data. Addictive Behaviors, Volume 70, July 2017, Pages 42–48 ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Cannabis Use and the Course and Outcome of Major Depressive Disorder: a Population Based Longitudinal Study. Psychiatry Research Volume 251, May 2017, Pages 225–234 ABSTRACT
  • Characterizing users of new psychoactive substances using psychometric scales for risk-related behavior. Addict Behaviors, 2017 Feb 10;70:72­78. [Epub ahead of print]  ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Contingency management is effective in promoting abstinence and retention in treatment among crack cocaine users in Brazil: A randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 30(5), Aug 2016, 536-543 ABSTRACT
  • Drug involvement in fatal overdoses. SSM ­ Population Health 3 (2017) 219–226 ABSTRACT
  • Drug misuse treatment in England: evidence review of outcomes. 
    Public Health England (2017) DOWNLOAD
  • Estimation of national, regional, and global prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Global Health, Volume 5, Issue 3, e290 e299 PDF REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Evidence translation: an exploration of policy makers' use of evidence. Policy & Politics, Volume 44, Number 2, April 2016, pp. 171–190(20) ABSTRACT
  • Family history density of substance use problems among undergraduate college students: Associations with heavy alcohol use and alcohol use disorder. Addictive  Behaviors, Volume 71, August 2017, Pages 1–6 ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Impact of cannabis on the neurocognitive performance of Jamaican adolescents. Ment Health Addict Res 1 (2016) ABSTRACT
  • Intimate partner violence trends in Brazil: data from two waves of the Brazilian National Alcohol and Drugs Survey. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. vol.38 no.2 São Paulo Apr./June 2016 ABSTRACT
  • Marijuana and other substance use among male and female underage drinkers who drive after drinking and ride with those who drive after drinking. Addict Behav. 2017 Feb 10;71:7­11. [Epub ahead of print]  ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Marijuana use trajectories among drug-using youth presenting to an urban emergency department: Violence and social influences. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Feb 3;173:117­125. [Epub ahead of print]  ABSTRACT
  • Psychosis associated with acute recreational drug toxicity: a European case series. BMC Psychiatry. 2016;16:293. ABSTRACT
  • Research as due diligence: What can supply­side interventions accomplish and at what cost? International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 41, 162–163, ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Systematic Review: Efficacy and Safety of Medical Marijuana in Selected Neurologic Disorders. Koppel B, et al. (2014). Neurology; 82: 1556–1563 ABSTRACT
  • The rights of drug treatment patients: Experience of addiction treatment in Poland from a human rights perspective. International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 43, 67–73 ABSTRACT REQUEST TO BIDA
  • Young people and injection drug use: Is there a need to expand harm reduction services and support? International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 39, 14–20 DOWNLOAD
job & training
job opportunities
  • Head of Partnership. The Womanity Foundation (London). Deadline: 4th April. +
  • Head of Public Health unit. EMCCDA (Lisboa). Deadline: 28th April. +
  • Fellowships. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists. Deadline: 20th March. +
  • Programme Manager. EU-LAC Foundation (Hamburg). Deadline: 21st March. +
  • Chief of Demographic and Information on Population Area. CELAC (Santiago). Deadline: 21st March. +
  • Representative. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Santiago). Deadline: 16th March. +
  • Consultoría. Elaboración de productos técnicos. UN Women (Mexico). Deadline: 15th March. +
training opportunities
  • Máster of Public Health. The University of Edinburgh. Deadline: 1st September. +
  • SSA Griffith Edwards Academic Fellowship. Society for the study of addiction. Deadline: 27th March. +
  • PhD. Society for the Study of Addiction. Deadline: 27th March. +
  • Master in Public Health (Adicctions). Liverpool John Moores University. £5.950.+
  • Counselling in Chemical Dependence. Centro de Estudios Paulista de Psiquiatría. $ 740 Deadline: 30th April. [Portuguese] +
  • Executive program on macro-financial policymaking in emerging markets. Columbia-IDB. $ 5.500. Deadline: 17th March. +
  • Development Projects management. IDB. Free/$25. Deadline: 11th April. +
  • Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery. Davidson College. Free/ $49. Deadline: 13th March. +
  • Food Security and Sustainability: Crop production. Wageningen University & Research. Free/ $49. Resgistration open. +
  • Course on cannabinoid therapeutic applications. Complutense Summer School. 780 €. 3rd-21th July. [Spanish] +
  • Agri-food safety. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Free/45 €. Open registration. [Spanish] +
  • Local governments as international actors. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Free/45 €. Deadline: 20th March. [Spanish] +
  • Online Course on Addictions. Pupilum. Open registration. [Spanish] +
  • Participative planning – Mechanism of implementation of ODS: Public Policies and Development Planning. Instituto Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Planificación Económica y Social (ILPES). $500. 3rd-7th April. [Spanish]  +
  • Online course Integral management of territorial economic development. BID. $200. Open registration. [Spanish] +
  • Online course on Indicators for Sustainable Development. BID. $200. Open registration. [Spanish] +
  • Jornada sobre Drogas y Prevención entre Iguales a través de Youtube y TIC. 23rd March 2017. Organized by Delegación del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Drogas (Madrid/online). +
  • Map out the next decade of drug policy reform in Canada. 4th-5th April 2017. Organized by Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (Ottawa). +
  • Making alcohol and other drug realitites. 23rd-25th August 2017. Organized by the Finnish National Institute of Health and Welfare (Helsinki). +
  • Dual Disorders. Addictions and other Mental Disorders. 23rd-26th March 2017. Organized by WADD (World Association on Dual Disorders) y SEPD (Sociedad Española de Patología Dual). (Madrid). +
  • Psychedelic Science 2017. 21th-23rd April 2017. Organized by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Beckley Foundation (California). +
  • 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology” (Call for abstracts). 26th-27th October 2017. Organized by CORE (Sewage analysis CORe group – Europe) and the EMCCDA (Lisboa). +
  • Annual Conference “Working Together. People, Practice and Policy in Alcohol Research”. 5th April 2017. Organized by Alcohol Research UK. (London). +
  • Semana de la Evaluación en América Latina y el Caribe (EVAL 2017). 5th-9th June 2017. Organized by CAF and CLEAR. (Several locations). +
tool box
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