CICAD assembles in Buenos Aires
to discuss drug control
The OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will hold its 50th Regular Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2 -4, 2011 to discuss coordinated action to control drug abuse.
During the meeting – which commemorates the 25th anniversary of this OAS specialized body – the member States will examine CICAD’s most important achievements of the last 25 years; the advantages of multilateral action; and which CICAD initiatives have most impacted institutions and public policies in the Americas.
"The commission outlines the hemispheric policy on drug abuse control. In 2010 it adopted a Hemispheric Strategy on Drugs. This year we adopted an Action Plan that will be reviewed in five years," said the Assistant Executive Secretary of CICAD, Rafael Franzini.
The Executive Secretariat of CICAD will present the current situation of drug use in the hemisphere. The countries will then have the opportunity to discuss the future of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) that regularly creates recommendations for the member States on the effects of improving capacity to control drug trafficking and abuse.
According to the director of CICAD’s Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, Francisco Cumsille, "about five percent of the population" in the hemisphere, "declared having used illicit drugs during the past years." Cumsille noted that South America produced about 1,000 metric tons per year of cocaine from the cultivation of coca leaf, mainly in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, in that order.
Also, reports will be presented on Maritime Drug Trafficking, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Money Laundering, and Drug Information Systems. The delegation of Brazil will present a report on smokable cocaine in South America. The delegation of Mexico will unveil a Manual of Good Practices for controlling precursor chemicals, essential chemicals, and chemical substances not suspect to regulation that are used in the manufacture of amphetamine type stimulants. Finally, Dr. Isidoro Blanco, professor at the University of Alicante, will present the publication “Property Management Systems in Latin America and Guide for Management of Assets Seized and Confiscated from Criminal Organizations”.
The issue of Drug Treatment Courts (Drug Courts) will be studied during a panel consisting of Judge Kofi Barnes (President of the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Courts – CADTC – and a court judge in Ontario, Canada) and West Huddleston (CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals – NADCP - United States). During this event, the government of Mexico will present their programs aimed at linking health systems, administration and enforcement of justice, in the context of reducing drug demand.
CICAD Representatives of member States, experts, OAS Permanent Observers, International Organizations, and civil society representatives accredited by the OAS will participate in this event.
>> For more information on the documents to be presented at the 50th Regular Session of CICAD, visit the following URL: