Law enforcement agencies have traditionally focused on the destruction of crops and production facilities, the interdiction of supply lines and the arrest and punishment of consumers. This approach has often exacerbated the worst aspects of the market (violence, ill health, social marginalisation of users, etc.). Some authorities have recently changed their approach, seeking to manage the market in a way that minimises its associated harms.
The conference brought together an array of international policy makers to focus on two primary issues; the growing significance of the internet as a platform for illicit drug transactions and the increasing use of synthetic drugs.
Organisations representing the frontline of the drug war; people who have used drugs , families, criminal justice professionals and the two leading drug policy reform organisations have created a coalition. They discuss the peaceful road forward.