CICAD: Demand Reduction


CICAD: Demand Reduction


CICAD: Demand Reduction

Demand Reduction


Reducing the demand for illicit drugs and other substances of abuse means discouraging and preventing initial use of drugs, intervening early with occasional or non-dependent drug users, and treating the negative health and social consequences of dependency through treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare programs. For several years, CICAD's Demand Reduction Program has given priority to the education and training of a professional cadre of individuals who manage prevention programs and deliver treatment services in the member states.

Recent research and key sources of information, such as the the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) and the Inter-American Drug Observatory (OID), indicate that substance abuse is rising in many member states; drugs, such as Ecstasy and heroin, are appearing in areas previously unaffected, and the misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem.  Facing these new challenges, CICAD agreed at its thirty-first regular session that comprehensive drug abuse prevention and treatment programs should deal with all substances of abuse, both licit and illicit, in the general context of a credible public health approach. The Commission further recommended that these programs place more emphasis on the relationship between HIV/AIDS, sexually-transmitted diseases and substance abuse. CICAD's demand reduction programs are addressing these new needs in their support to both national and local governments, and well-established and qualified civil society organizations that provide local community-level services in prevention and treatment.

updated on 6/29/2017 2:42:43 PM