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Press briefing on drug policy
In October 2011 KAC organised a press briefing on recessions and drugs, and drug policy developments in Europe.
Leading international figures in the drugs, alcohol and public health fields gathered in London to address the media on the scientific findings of new research on the impact of economic recessions on drug supply, drug and alcohol use and the consequences of abuse, published by the International Journal of Drug Policy on October 19.
Chair: Dr David Wilson, Director, HIV/AIDS Program, World Bank
Dr João Castel-Branco Goulão, Portuguese National Drugs Coordinator, Chairman of the Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction – The social and public health benefits of 10 years of drug decriminalisation in Portugal
Dr Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center; Senior Economist, Substance Use and Recessions: Insights from economic analyses of alcohol and how drug use differs
Dr Claudia Costa-Storti, Scientific Analyst, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, What are the main consequences of the recession for drug use?
Roger Howard, CEO, UK Drug Policy Commission, Drug policy in the UK – A Way Forward
Media coverage included:
ABC Australia current affairs radio - Rosalie Pacula:http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3343990.htm
BBC Today, Radio 4 - Dr João Goulão: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9619000/9619577.stm
BBC World Service - World Update - Dr João Goulão: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00krvrg
BBC World Service Face book page: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldservice/posts/290841430934990
Drink and Drug News: http://www.drinkanddrugsnews.com/magazine/b15b386b3fee40708ae2d279b01cea6c.pdf