CICAD: Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID)

Ibero-American Meeting of Drug Observatories 2012


Discussion during a presentation at an OID seminar in Bogota

Jorge Perdomo Torres, Vice Minister of Criminal
Policy and Restorative Justice of Colombia makes
a point at the COPOLAD working session in Bogota.

A Crossroads of Research on Drug Issues in the Americas

The week of March 19-23, 2012 turned Bogota, Colombia into a busy intersection of research and international cooperation on tracking drug trends in the region. The Inter-American Drug Observatory (OID) played a key role in pulling together multiple organizations and experts from both sides of the Atlantic.

  • March 19: The OID led a working session with participating countries and organizations to develop national drug information networks in Central America where rising drug abuse has outpaced governments' capacity to follow and respond to it.
  • March 20-21: The fourth Ibero-American Meeting of Drug Observatories provided researchers an opportunity to present findings from their investigations. Latest trends, emerging drugs, problematic issues in population surveys and other topics were discussed. Presentations at the event are available only in Spanish
  • March 22-23: The Cooperation Program between Latin America and the European Union on Drugs (COPOLAD) held a coordinating meeting to assess advances in the first year of activities, hear current research and evaluate changes to improve the key methodologies, indicators and protocols. CICAD is a COPOLAD collaborating agency.

Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay all sent specialists from their national drug control agency or drug observatory for one or more of the meetings.

International partners attending the events were the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), COPOLAD, and the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), as well as the governments of Portugal, Romania, and Spain.

New analysis of drug trends

The OID also released the first analysis of drug use in the Americas, 2002-2009. The announcement and the publication.

This article from El Colombiano cites the CICAD report extensively (only available in Spanish).

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updated on 3/27/2013 4:41:36 PM