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Parliamentary Drug Summit brings together key experts to discuss harm minimisation and drug law reform

Date posted: 14 April 2016

Research staff from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) played a key role in the recent cross-party Parliamentary Drug Summit convened in Canberra last month.

Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug policy modelling program (DPMP) at NDARC, facilitated the day, which included participants from a wide range of backgrounds in the substance use and drug policy field. It comprised international and Australian representatives with expertise in health, NGO, justice, personal addiction and academia, and provided an opportunity to share experiences and recommendations around harm minimisation and drug law reform.

The program included presentations on current drug trends and responses, a look at components of good drug policy, and barriers and opportunities for drug policy innovation. The panels provided a chance to hear from a range of key experts as well as representatives of drug users, which attendees described as a valuable reminder that the key to effective drug law reform is to include drug users into the conversation.

The Summit produced a signed declaration urging policy makers to shift responses to illicit drug use towards harm minimisation and improving health and safety outcomes, and focus law enforcement strategies on the organised criminal supply marketplace where the benefits of police interventions will be highest.

Source: Drug and Alcohol Research Connections

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Last updated: 13 April 2016
 
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