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International Drug Policy Symposium 2009 - Through the Maze: Healthy drug law

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"It is often forgotten that health is the first principle of drug policy". Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Drug policy and politics are on a collision course. Global awareness is increasing about the escalating health, social, cultural and economic costs of drug use. The multi-level interplay between law, research, policy and practice, aimed at reducing the consequences of drug use, seem only to be making things worse. Diverse research findings, persistent problems and lack of short-term progress have sparked challenging discussions among governments and civil society on how best to address these difficult issues.

The New Zealand Drug Foundation and the New Zealand Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence hosted an invitation-only International Drug Policy Symposium, Through the Maze: Healthy Drug Law, at Te Papa Tongarewa – The Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 18-19 February 2009.