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OAS Drug Abuse Control Commission to Meet in Miami

  November 15, 2019

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold its 66th Regular Period of Sessions in Miami, Florida from November 19 to 21, in which the 34 active members of the hemisphere institution will participate.

The event will be inaugurated by the outgoing Chair of CICAD and Secretary of Comprehensive Policies on Drugs of Argentina (SEDRONAR), Roberto Moro; the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Kirsten Madison; the Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Farah Urrutia; and the Executive Secretary of CICAD, Adam Namm. Members are expected to approve the candidacy of the United States for the Chair and of Colombia for the Vice Chair for the 2019-2020 period.

Among the main themes of the CICAD meeting are discussion panels focused on:
• The evolving synthetic drug threat in Latin America
• Countering drug trafficking while promoting regional security and stability in the Americas
• Understanding UN drug control scheduling recommendations, including linkages among and impact on national, regional and international agencies
• Alternatives to incarceration
• Disrupting the illicit supply chain through financial intelligence: from cryptocurrencies to illicit trafficking via mail
• Strategies on evidence-based prevention programs for adolescents in the Western Hemisphere
• Dialogue on reducing stigmatization and access to treatment
• Improving national drug strategies and developing action plans
• Regulatory best practices for the control of chemical and pharmaceutical substances used in the illicit manufacture of drugs
Moreover, CICAD will present the 2019 Hemispheric Report of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), and the participants in the meeting will visit:
• The Miami Drug Court
• The United States Southern Command
• Miami International Mail Facility/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program
• The facilities of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Port Miami combined with a United States Coast Guard Miami Guard Station Cutter Tour

The inauguration of the event will be open to the press.

More information is available here.

Press Contact: Morgan Neill (

WHAT: 66th Regular Period of Sessions of CICAD

WHEN: November 19 to 21

WHERE: Miami Mariott Hotel Biscayne Bay

Reference: AVI-225/19