The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries.
Harm Reduction International and the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy is co-sponsoring a panel discussion of journalists on November 3rd in Dublin at 6pm that will explore the challenges of media reporting on drug use issues, and the need for constructive press coverage that informs sensible public policy and discourse rather than promoting stigmatising stereotypes.
A major objective of the Conference is to provide a forum for decision makers and professionals to gain an understanding of NGO issues and needs in relation to addressing alcohol and other drug use and associated harm, with a particular focus on the Asian and Pacific regions.
This panel discussion will focus on issues related to gender and drugs, including an overview of international drug laws, a brief description of the costs associated with the drug war and an overview of the gendered effects of militarisation under the Mexican war on drugs.