Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
The report finds that, despite loud declarations made by the international community in 2009, the past ten years has seen big rises in the scale of illegal markets, and the harms that they cause to individuals and communities.
As deaths from drug use reach decade long highs and a painful spike in youth violence is linked to the illicit drugs market solutions are clearly in need. This symposium seeks to use evidence and experience to bring informed discussion into the arena of these complex issues.
The CSIDP Conference will bring together civil society organisations, national and European policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss for the very first time the importance of civil society involvement in drug policy.