This workshop will explore the practice of harm reduction policing, and the role of police in different and reformed regulatory regimes for drugs currently illicit. Speakers from International Drug Policy Commissions, Police agencies and other key stakeholders will present their work and experience with harm reduction policies and why there is a need for a change.

There is a widespread and growing international consensus on the need for policy reforms regarding illicit drugs for personal use, from the UN common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalization of possession and use, and from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, 2021. The goal is that more countries decriminalize drug use, adopt innovative approaches based on public health, and legalize formerly banned substances

Police globally are increasingly supportive of harm reduction policing and drug policy reform. As those who are tasked with enforcing the criminalization of illicit drugs for personal use, the Police voice is powerful and important: such voices include the Law Enforcement Action Partnership and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP):

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Julia Ryland,
Ben Scher,

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19- 20 May 2023

Registration details to come

Please note satellite meetings are only available to conference delegates.

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