About CICAD

About CICAD

CICAD's core mission is to enhance the human and institutional capacities of its member states to reduce the production, trafficking and use of illegal drugs, and to address the health, social and criminal consequences of the drug trade

MEM

Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism

The objective of the MEM is directly to strengthen mutual confidence, dialogue and hemispheric cooperation in order to deal with the drug problem with greater efficacy.

OID

Inter-American Observatory on Drugs

The Observatory helps countries to improve the collection and analysis of drug-related data, by promoting the establishment of national observatories and the use of standardized methods and data; and by providing scientific and technical training for, and the exchange of experiences among, professionals working on drug issues.

Anti-Money Laundering

Anti-Money Laundering

CICAD's Anti-Money Laundering Unit provides technical assistance and training on judicial and financial measures and also to law enforcement agencies.

Institutional Development

Institutional Development

CICAD cooperates with technical assistance to the national authorities so that the latter can identify, interpret, and make decisions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the current system; obstacles and challenges for reaching the specific, direct short, medium, and long term goals and objectives.

Demand Reduction

Demand Reduction

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.

Supply Reduction

Supply Reduction

The Supply Reduction and Control Section is responsible for assisting CICAD member states in strengthening their capacity to control drugs and related contraband.































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2014Fifty-sixth Regular Session of CICAD
Guatemala, Guatemala
November 19 - 21, 2014
Fifty-fifth regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
April 29 - May 1, 2014
2013Fifty-fourth Regular Session of CICAD
Bogotá, Colombia
December 11 - 13, 2013
Fifty-third Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 20 - 22, 2013
2012Fifty-second Regular Session of CICAD
San José, Costa Rica
November 28 - 30, 2012
Fifty-first regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 9 - 11, 2012
201150th Regular Session of CICAD - 25th Anniversary of its founding
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 2 - 4, 2011
Forty-ninth Regular Session of CICAD
Paramaribo, Suriname
May 4 - 6, 2011
201048th regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
December 6 - 8, 2010
Forty-Seventh Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 3 - 5, 2010
2009Forty-sixth Regular Session of CICAD
Miami, Florida United States
November 18 - 20, 2009
Forty-fifth regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 6 - 8, 2009
2008Forty-fourth regular session of CICAD
Santiago, Chile
November 19 - 21, 2008
Forty-third regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
April 30 - May 2, 2008
2007Forty-Second Regular Session of CICAD
Santa Marta, Colombia
November 27 - 30, 2007
Forty-First Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
Washington, D.C. United States
May 2 - 4, 2007
2006Fortieth Regular Session of CICAD
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
November 29 - December 1, 2006
Thirty-ninth regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 9 - 12, 2006
2005Thirty-eighth Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
December 6 - 9, 2005
Thirty-seventh regular session of CICAD
Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana
April 26 - 29, 2005
2004Thirty-sixth regular session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
December 7 - 9, 2004
Thirty-fifth Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
April 27 - 30, 2004
2003Thirty-Fourth Regular Session of CICAD
Montréal, Québec Canada
November 17 - 20, 2003
Thirty-third Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
April 29 - May 2, 2003
2002Thirty-Second Regular Session of CICAD
México, DF Mexico
December 2 - 5, 2002
Thirty-first Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
April 29 - May 2, 2002
Second Special Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
January 18 - 20, 2002
2001Thirtieth Regular Session of CICAD
Caracas, Venezuela
November 12 - 15, 2001
Twenty-ninth Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 29 - June 1, 2001
2000First Special Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
December 11 - 15, 2000
Twenty-eight Regular Session of CICAD
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
October 24 - 26, 2000
Twenty-seventh Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 1 - 3, 2000
1999Twenty-sixth Regular Session of CICAD
Montevideo, Uruguay
October 5 - 7, 1999
Twenty-fifth Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 6 - 7, 1999
1998Twenty-fourth Regular Session of CICAD
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
October 26 - 30, 1998
Twenty-third Regular Session of CICAD
Washington, D.C. United States
May 5 - 8, 1998

Latest Publications

Information Empowered

CICAD works with its member states, international organizations, partners, universities and experts to publish resources and studies that can bring together relevant, timely information and analysis in dealing with the global drug problem. Preferentially, CICAD publishes in electronic formats.

Drug Treatment Courts: An International Response to Drug Dependent Offenders

This publication has been prepared as a follow"up to "Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes," prepared by the Organization of the American States (OAS) and American University in 2010 to provide an overview of Drug Treatment Court (TDC) activity in countries where these programs were being planned and/or implemented. The 2010 publication provided a snapshot of the planning issues, operational characteristics, and implementation experience of 20+ programs (in addition to those in the U.S.) that had been implemented in 14 countries along with various programmatic and policy issues that were being addressed in varying degrees. The present publication is designed to address in greater depth these major policy and implementation issues that these 20+ Drug Treatment Courts were addressing and programs will need to continue to address as DTCs mature and evolve.

Exploring the Relationship between Drugs and Crime: A Comparative Analysis of Survey Data from Prisoners in Four Caribbean Countries

Focusing on the prison populations of Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the OID investigates the prevalence of psychoactive substance use among the adult prison population and the link between criminal behavior and the use of psychoactive substances as perceived by the offenders, especially the early initiation of use of marijuana and alcohol. Online version (PDF, 8.5 mb, 235 pages, 78 tables, 67 figures.).

Report on Drug Use in the Americas, 2011

The first analysis of drug trends in OAS member states, covering the period of 2002-2009,  it deals with trends of five groups of substances: alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, cocaine and related products, and non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs.  Finally, there is an analysis of the perceived risk associated with drug consumption and the ease of access to drugs. More information from the Inter-American Drug Observatory. Online version (841 kb, PDF, 103 pages). It contains 20 tables and 24 figures, as well as appendices with another 24 tables.

Asset Management Systems in Latin America and Best Practices Document on Management of Seized and Forfeited Assets

The publication is designed as a practical tool for setting up and running asset management systems that use seizures as a primary weapon in the arsenal of measures against organized crime. An initial section by Professor Isidoro Blanco examines jurisprudence in Latin America, Europe and elsewhere to develop a comprehensive analysis of assets management systems and their role in investigating and locating assets, managing seized assets and enforcing judgments. A second section is a reference guide on creating and developing these systems, which cooperate with investigative police, financial intelligence units, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement agencies, with the goal of improving structures and processes to promote efficiency, transparency and accountability. Bilingual Edition - Spanish and English, 175 pages, PDF, 23.7 mb. More information.

Hemispheric Report of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) "“ Fifth Evaluation Round

The Hemispheric Report: Evaluating Progress in Drug Control - Fifth Evaluation Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) addresses the collective progress of the CICAD member states in confronting the global drug problem from a hemispheric perspective, in the following areas: Institutional Strengthening (National Anti-drug Plans; International Conventions; National Information Systems), Demand Reduction (Prevention; Treatment; Statistics on Consumption), Supply Reduction (Drug Production; Alternative, Integral and Sustainable Development; Pharmaceutical Products; Chemical Substances) and Control Measures (Illicit Drug Trafficking; Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials; Money Laundering; Judicial Cooperation). In addition, it provides an analysis of the recommendations assigned to the member states, identifying areas that the MEM believes require further attention, in order to strengthen national anti-drug policies. It covers the period of 2007-2009. The content of the Hemispheric Report was approved at the forty-ninth regular session of CICAD, in May 2011.  Washington, DC, 2011, 53 pages, 24 tables, 16 graphics.  Online version (PDF, 3.6 mb, high resolution) (PDF, 831 kb, web optimized).  For more details, see the MEM section.

Reference Guides

Building a national drugs observatory: a joint handbook

The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and CICAD published jointly a reference guide entitled Building a National Drugs Observatory: a joint handbook. The publication is based on experience over the last two decades gained by the EMCDDA in setting up national focal points or the Reitox network in Europe and by CICAD's Inter-American Drug Observatory (OID) in advising national drug observatories in its member states. Lisbon, 2010,  114 pages.  The handbook is available in online (PDF, 899 kb) and in eight languages. A print copy is available by ordering through EMCDDA. More information in OID

How to Develop a National Drug Policy

Jointly with the CARICOM Secretariat, CICAD drafted guidelines for developing, implementing and evaluating national drug control plans, strategies and programs, working closely with national drug commissions in the region. The final product was published as a standardized reference guide, How to Develop a National Drug Control Policy: A Guide for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Stakeholders. However, although originally aimed at Caribbean countries, the material can be used in other regions with minimal adaptation. Washington, DC, 2009, 67 pages, 9 figures, bibliographic references, online version  (PDF 1.4 mb).  More information in the Institutional Strengthening section.


CICAD Hemispheric Guidelines on School-based Prevention

As developed by CICAD's Expert Group on Demand Reduction and approved by the Commission in 2004, these guidelines speak to strategies to conduct research, create educational materials, train teachers, and carry out and evaluate prevention programs at the national level in a way that is responsive to regional, state, and local needs expressed within each school. Drug use problems threaten personal health, disrupt family integration, propagate delinquency and violence, and endanger a child's healthy social development. Washington, DC, 2005, 29 pp, online (PDF, 1.1 mb). More information in Demand Reduction.


Integrated Solutions

Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes

Under the EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships project, two volumes were prepared by CICAD; the Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs, American University; the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Universiteit Gent (Belgium); the Ministerio Público of Chile (General Prosecutor's Office); and the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC). Washington, DC, 2010, Volume one (PDF, 950 kb), 152 pp  and Volume two (PDF, 7.55 mb), 571 pp. More information in the EU-LAC project.


Status of Drug Treatment at the Local Level (cities) Information from 19 cities from Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean

This publication was drafted under the EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships project. About cities from both sides of the Atlantic undertook an assessment of the status of drug treatment at the local level, with special attention to the description of care needs arising from drug use, and the available supply of services. Washington, DC, 2010, 267 pp, online version (PDF, 2.07 mb). More information in the EU-LAC project.


Drug Trend Research

Comparative Analysis of Student Drug Use in Caribbean Countries

A Report on Student Drug Use in 12 Caribbean Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. This report is the synthesis of separate but similar studies that were implemented in 12 countries between 2005 and 2007, using one of the protocols of CICAD's Inter-American Drug Use Data System (SIDUC). The protocol outlines the methodology for implementing drug prevalence surveys among secondary school students. This work looks comparatively at drug use among groups of countries or the Caribbean region as a whole. Washington, DC, 2010, 88 pages, 43 tables, 37 figures. Online version (PDF, 1.8 mb). More information in OID.


New trends in drug consumption among youth in six countries - 2009-2010

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the OID and the national drug commissions of the six participating countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay), presented the second joint study of secondary students: "Information for the design of national and regional strategies on drug control for youth" (Información para el diseño de las estrategias nacionales y regionales sobre la problemática de drogas en jóvenes). The study (PDF, 3.4 mb, 90 pages) is only available in Spanish. More information in OID.


Comparative Study on Drug Use in the General Population in 6 South American Countries - 2008

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), CICAD through the Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID), and the national drug commissions of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay prepared a report on the study "Guidelines for Public Policies on Drugs in the Subregion: First Comparative Study on Drug Consumption and Associated Factors among the General Population (15-64 Years Old)." (Elementos orientadores para las políticas públicas sobre drogas en la Subregión: Primer estudio comparativo sobre consumo de drogas y factores asociados en población de 15 a 64 años.). The study is only available in Spanish (PDF, 94 pp, 2.33 Mb). An executive summary is available in English (PDF, 6 pp, 66 kb). More information in OID.


Study on Drug Use among Secondary School Students in South America - 2006

The Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and nine national drug commissions (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) published the study "Youth and Drugs in South American Countries: A Challenge for Public Policies" (Jóvenes y drogas en países sudamericanos: un desafío para las políticas públicas). This study is the first of its kind, using comparable methodologies from the start. It is based on a sampling of 350,000 students (ages 14-17), representing a total population of 9.5 million. The report deals with the problem of alcohol and tobacco, as well as the use of tranquilizers and stimulants without medical prescription, and inhalants. The report is currently available only in Spanish (112 pp., Adobe Acrobat PDF, 3,2 Mb). An executive summary in English (27 pp., Adobe Acrobat PDF, 150 kb) is available. More information in OID.


Exploratory Study on Drugs and Violence in an Intentional Sample of Women in Twelve Countries of the Americas

The research project enlisted 22 universities (19 in Latin America and 3 in the United States) in 12 countries. The publication contains information from surveys in Argentina (Rosario and Córdoba), Bolivia (La Paz), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, Ribeirão Preto, and Santo André), Chile (Concepción), Colombia (Bogotá), Costa Rica (San José), Ecuador (Guayaquil), Honduras (Tegucigalpa), México (Monterrey, Celaya and Querétaro), Peru (Lima), United States (Miami-Date and Broward), and Venezuela (Valencia).  (PDF, 1.11 mb, pp. 175, 2009)


Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism

CICAD publishes country reports and a report on the hemispheric of the impact of the global drug problem and the region's response. See the MEM section for the pertinent publications.
























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