Promoting Sound Drug Policy Worldwide

Current News

06/25/2018 - FDA Federal Register Submission for WHO Review and Consideration - On Cannabis Genotoxicity, General

A discussion on the risks of re-scheduling cannabinoids in the United States and the consequences of reclassifying marijuana with THC. The discussion also covers the harms and risks of marijuana use.

The full report can be found here.

05/04/2018 - Canadian Youth Trends Report released

The National Youth Service's Youth Trends Report has been released in association with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Report showcases trends in social media, online-use, text-speak and drug-use in Canadian youth culture, as well as guides for parents on these current trends and how to interpret and address them.

The full report can be found here.

11/13/2017 - Heroin "shooting gallery" blocked by chief law officer

Plans for a heroin "shooting gallery" have been blocked by Scotland's top prosecutor.

The opening of a clinic where addicts could bring in their own drugs to inject under strict medical supervision had been proposed.

But Lord Advocate James Wolffe, QC, has told campaigners lobbying for the centre that "the public interest objective is a health rather than justice one" - and refused to give it the legal go-ahead.

You can read the full article here.

10/26/2017 - Taskforce Member Sonita Morin Abrahams has been awarded the Order of Distinction by the government of Jamaica

Congratulations to one of our taskforce members, Sonita Morin Abrahams, the executive director of RISE Life Management Services. She has been awarded the Order of Distinction by the government of Jamaica on Heroes Day last Monday for 30 years of service to Jamaica’s most vulnerable population. RISE includes the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders; community-based health and education interventions, such as violence, drug, and HIV/AIDS prevention, programs for at-risk youth and family members; remedial educational programs; life skills training, parenting programs, social and health related services and HEART/NTA accredited vocational skills training. These interventions take place in some of Kingston's most volatile inner-city communities.

Past News

09/29/2017 - Taskforce Member Professor Guillermo FERNANDEZ DADAM Publishes New Digital Book

The digitized book was written by our taskforce member from Argentina, Professor Guillermo FERNANDEZ DADAM. It is dedicated to the therapeutic companions that round out his practice of 40 years working in complex pathologies like Addictions, Eating Disorders, Alcoholism, etc.

PDF Version (SP) Powerpoint (SP)

09/28/2017 - Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Consumption Rise Over Last Five Years

According to the article, "Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, mainly cannabis, have increased in the last five years in Portugal, according to a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD)."

The full story can be found here.

04/26/2017 - Taskforce Member Roberto Maldonado has been appointed Professor Emeritus of the University of Salvador

Congratulations to one of our taskforce members in receiving impressive appointments. Professor Roberto Maldonado has been appointed Professor Emeritus of the University of Salvador, by the Institute of Addictions of the Faculty of Medicine. He has also been confirmed as Professor of the Chair of Special Criminal Law of the University FASTA of Mar del Plata (Fraternity of Santo Domingo Aquinas Groupings). We are honored to have such a wonderful and impressive expert as a part of our team.

04/05/2016 - International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy Releases Recommendations on International Drug Control in Preparation for the United Nation’s General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

(St. Petersburg, FL) Members of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP) have analyzed marijuana legalization in key states within the United States noting various consequences of this failed policy. Further, Task Force members stand in support of our international drug treaties and intend to work to preserve them, along with public health and safety, through a set of policy recommendations that will be discussed at UNGASS 2016.  

“ITFSDP supports and promotes drug demand reduction principles and sound drug policies. The Task Force also advances communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to reduce illicit drug use.  Our members anticipate having their voices heard on key drug policy issues at UNGASS 2016,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and ITFSDP member. “Our work is more important than ever because drug legalization advocates are pushing more countries to adopt liberalized drug policies that include the legalization of drugs such as marijuana and other policies that do not bring those struggling with addiction to sobriety. These recommendations put forth by the Task Force  are meant to drive the message home to member states that it is essential for every drug policy and activity to reduce and prevent drug demand,” concluded Fay.

According to former member of the International Narcotics Control Board and Professor at the University of Michigan, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, “The intention of our Task Force is to promote core principles of effective drug policies which include prevention, treatment and supply reduction. These policies have been clearly formulated as recommendations that accord with the obligations set forth in the three international conventions on drug control signed and ratified by virtually every country in the world. It is imperative to communicate consistent, effective, science-based research findings to the international community in order to bridge drug policy disparities among the signatory countries.”

If you would like to set up an interview with Calvina Fay, Ambassador Levitsky or other Task Force members, please contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571. The paper, which includes the recommendations, is titled, Consequences of Marijuana Legalization in the United States and the International Implications, can be found on the ITSDP’s website.

The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy is a network of professionals and community leaders who support and promote drug demand reduction principles, develop community coalitions and strive to advance communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to stem illicit drugs and promote sound drug policy around the world. http://www.itfsdp.org/

11/15/2012 - The United Nations Narcotic Control Board Gravely Concerned About U.S. Marijuana Legalization

The International Narcotic Control Board President Raymond Yans voiced serious concerns about the recent legalization of marijuana in three states. Mr. Yans stated that "these developments are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states".

The question remains - will the US Government abide by its treaty obligations to protect the health and well-being of its citizens by ensuring that the controlled substances act is followed including prohibition of the use, distribution and sale of marijuana. Below is the entire statement.