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The production and the use of drugs are complex phenomena, with multiple manifestations related to the historical context, cultural environment, economic model, particular circumstances of a country, diverse senses assigned to each substance and the own differences between them.  Nevertheless, this complexity is reduced and homogenized as the “drug problem,” as if it was a unique, un-historical phenomenon.

In the last hundred years, the use of drugs has been established as a social matter as different social actors, including the State, have contributed to consider it as a social problem.

The drug control policies express tensions, contradictions, and conflicts about the way to regulate consumption and production.  Within this frame, local and international debates on drug policy are developing.

In the Latin American context -characterized by enormous social inequality, income disparity, and poverty - these debates cannot ignore the consequences that the drug control policies have produced in the region: social isolation, a disproportionate incarceration of drug users and small dealers or “mules,” social violence, environmetanl damage,  and violations of basic human rights.

Initiated in 2003, the Conference on Drug Policy aims to be a platform for the discussion and elaboration of solution-oriented proposals.