According to UNODC’s World Drug Report 2015, it is estimated that a total of 246 million people around the world between the ages of 15 and 64 years have used an illicit drug in 2013. Although drug use has remained stable over the recent years, we must consider that around 27 million people are problem drug users (PDU).

In the European Union, almost 1 out of 4 Europeans (80 million adults) have tried illicit drugs at some point of their lives, as stated by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s (EMCDDA) EU Drug Report 2015.

This International Symposium provides a timely opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders across Europe to discuss the latest challenges and consider the next steps needed to win the fight against illicit drug trafficking and substance misuse through holistic, multi-level and cross-border approaches. Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

Delegates will also:

  • Assess the current EU framework on illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances
  • Discuss law enforcement measures promoted at EU level to fight against drug trafficking  
  • Evaluate treatment and harm reduction measures as well as prevention strategies to reduce drug consumption
  • Share alternative approaches to fight substance misuse and drug trafficking  

For further details, please refer to the enclosed event abstract and programme. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

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