Beckley Foundation Global Drug Policy Seminar

19/10/2010

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House of Lords, Westminster Palace, London

This annual seminar brought together top scientists and academics, senior politicians, policy analysts and other experts in order to debate this most difficult area of social policy.

Partly held, as last year, in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London, the event incorporated four interlinked sessions:

1) The Beckley Foundation Global Drug Policy Seminar 2005, which evaluated the latest evidence and challenges in national and international drug policy and the effects of policy on supply, crime and health. The afternoon session examined the impact of international drug controlled systems on scientific and medical research.

2) The Beckley/Foresight Seminar on Future Policy Challenges, jointly hosted with Foresight, a UK Government think-tank, reviewed the Foresight Report on how best to manage the use of psychoactive substances for the good of the individual, the community and society over the next 20 years.

3) The Symposium of the International Network of Drug Policy Analysis, in which internationally acclaimed drug policy analysts met to give academic talks and discuss future collaboration.

4)The Meeting of the International Drug Policy Consortium , at which NGOs from around the world concerned with drug policy and related problems, met to discuss the future.

At this three day event, participants, who came by invitation only, were able to debate, in a respectful and confidential atmosphere. The events followed Chatham House rules, but there is a Proceedings Document available at the link below, which summarizes the discussions of the two main seminars.

To download the Proceedings Document: Global Drug Policy Seminar 2005, please click here.

Contents:

DAY ONE:
THE BECKLEY FOUNDATION GLOBAL DRUG POLICY SEMINAR 2005
– Monday 21st November, 2005

Preface
Executive Summary
Introduction by Amanda, Lady Neidpath

MORNING SESSION:
REDUCTION OF DRUG-RELATED PROBLEMS

Dr. Marcus Roberts and Prof. Francisco Thoumi
Law Enforcement and Supply Reduction

Alex Stevens and Prof. Mark Kleiman
Reducing Drug-Related Crime: An Overview of the Global Evidence

Prof. Gerry Stimson and Dr. Anindya Chatterjee
Reducing Drug-Related Harm to Health

AFTERNOON SESSION:
IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL SYSTEMS ON SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL RESEARCH

Chair Prof. Colin Blakemore
Chair’s Introduction

Prof. Leslie Iversen
The Medical Potential of Cannabis

Rob Kampia
The Effects of Medical Regulation of Cannabis in the USA

Prof. David Nichols
The Scientific and Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics

Dr. John Marsden
Cognitive Enhancers – Blurring the Boundaries

DAY TWO :
THE BECKLEY/FORESIGHT SEMINAR ON FUTURE POLICY CHALLENGES – Tuesday 22nd November 2005

Executive Summary
Introduction by Amanda, Lady Neidpath

Dr. Andrew Jackson
Introduction and Strategic Challenges

Prof. David Nutt
The Science Behind the Future of Recreational Drugs

HARM REDUCTION AND THE WIDER SOCIAL CONTEXT

Prof. Gerry Stimson and discussant Prof Peter Reuter
Harm Reduction and the Wider Social Context: Social, Ethical and Regulatory Implications

REGULATION AND UNDERLYING REASONS FOR DRUG USE

Prof. Robert MacCoun
Why do People Use Drugs?

Prof. Mark Kleiman
Is evidenced-based dugs policy possible?

Prof. Trevor Robbins and discussant Prof. Barbara Sahakian
Blurring the Boundaries – the Future of Cognitive Enhancers

ETHICAL DILEMMAS

Dr. Harald Schmidt and discussant Prof . Alastair Campbell
Rights and Responsibilities

CLOSING DISCUSSION
Prof. Colin Blakemore and Prof. Charles Schuster

EPILOGUE
Prof. Charles Schuster
Drugs and the Future

DAY THREE:

International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

APPENDICES

  • Article in The Lancet 2007 – Development of a Rational Scale to Assess the Harm of Drugs of Potential Misuse 99
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Participants Attending Seminar V

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