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  May 15, 2003

The Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), in conjunction with the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), held a Drug Demand Reduction Strategy and Project Planning Meeting for the Caribbean, at OAS headquarters in Washington May 8-9, 2003.

During the two-day meeting, key experts in drug demand reduction from OAS Member States and British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean, including the newly formed Steering Committee for the Caribbean Drug Demand Reduction Council (CDDRC), worked together in the development of a five-year regional drug demand reduction strategy for the Caribbean. The group represented both national drug councils, as well as non-governmental organizations. Other participants included representatives from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and OAS ambassadors from the English- speaking Caribbean.

The regional strategy aims to comprehensively address the drug abuse issues in the following areas: 1) Preventing Drug Use, 2) Treating And Rehabilitating Drug Addicts, 3) Improving Factual Information And Statistics, 4) Strengthening Policy Development and Management Capacity. The plan also contemplates measures for strengthening CARICOM’s ability to coordinate and execute projects and policy as outlined in the plan.

Project proposals have been drafted, and initial consultations with OAS Ambassadors were carried out in order to determine the best approach to reach the international donor community.

Representatives from Barbados, Dominica, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and the United States were in attendance.

Reference: E-110/03