A global network promoting objective and open debate on drug policy
Forum Droghe is an association both of individuals and various organizations involved in the reform of drug policies, harm reduction in particular. Forum Droghe also promotes research about the evaluation of the impact of drug legislation on the prison and justice systems.
The Working Group discussed a wide range of issues related to policing for public health in key populations, beginning from the way police behave at present to members of these groups and why this might be so, through to the characteristics of an ideal policing approach to public health.
The document concludes that the overcrowding of the Italian prisons is mainly due to the high rates of imprisonment for minor drug crimes, and highlights flaws in data gathering and suggests methodological improvements for a more reliable process of evaluation of the drug legislation.
After Berlusconi’s government resignation, Italian NGOs appeal to the newly appointed Prime Minister, Mario Monti, for a change in drug policies and for the dismissal of the drug czar, Carlo Giovanardi, and of the Head of the Drug Department, Giovanni Serpelloni. This appeal was signed by...
This "White Book" shows that the number of drug offenders among the overall prison population is increasing and the drug legislation may be considered as the main reason for the present overcrowding of Italian prisons; law enforcement is focused on cannabis; therapeutic alternatives to...
The Italian government has announced last month that it would submit a proposal to the UNGASS meeting on HIV/AIDS to cancel te term "harm reduction", with the purpose to substitute it with a watered down "risk reduction". This proposal was met with much criticism among Italian civil society...
In December 2010, the Court of Milan published the grounds of the sentence of 14 years' imprisonment that was imposed on Giampaolo Ganzer, General of the Carabinieri (body of the Italian Army), for drug trafficking. Despite the judgement, Granzer continues his activities as a general.
The 2010 Report on Drug Addictions, presented a few weeks ago to the Italian Parliament by Mr Berlusconi's Drug Czar Carlo Giovanardi, contains data that have triggered hot debates, and ironical comments from professionals working in the drugs field.
Mr. Marco Di Paolo, a multiple sclerosis sufferer from the town of Sulmona, went to court to have access to medical marijuana. The judge ruled that, under certain circumstances, the Local Health Authority is obliged to provide marijuana for medical purposes.
Three Italian NGOs, Forum droghe/Fuoriluogo, Antigone, Società della ragione, have recently released a “White Book”, to illustrate the effects of drug legislation on the penal system (from 2006 until 2007).