We support the growing consensus that the current international system for supervising and controlling drugs that is based in drug prohibition is a failure. The result is the production of a passageway from the production, transit, and consumption of currently illegal drugs towards forms of legal regulation. What opportunities and risks are confronted in the transition from criminal markets to regulated markets? In what way do locally adopted policies impact the rest of the region?
PANEL: “DRUG CONSUMPTION AND THE FOCUS ON PUBLIC HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA”
There is a growing concern in the region regarding drug consumption in conditions of high social vulnerability to which joins a generalized recognition of the necessity of generating responses from a public health focus. What are the necessities of the populations that are most affected? What responses are implemented by the States and the social organizations? Are the resources and trainings at play sufficient?
ROUND TABLE: “DRUGS AND VIOLENCE”
Various countries in the region are confronting extraordinary levels of violence that tend to be associated with drug trafficking. Paradoxically, one of the contributing factors to the growing violence is the hard hand response practiced by the authorities. What strategies would decrease the current rates of violence? What lessons are offered by the local experiences in violence prevention?
PANEL: DRUGS AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
Latin America is the most inequitable region in the world. The inequality expresses itself not only through the lack of access to assets and services but in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, and various other conditions as well. How does the included-excluded dialectic express itself in that which is subjective and social? What experiences have favored more inclusive processes?
ROUND TABLE: DRUG POLICIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS
In Latin America, it is common that drug policies promote situations of discrimination, rejection, and violence that are conducive to human rights violations. What institutional resources exist and what actions can be taken to promote the defense of rights?
ROUND TABLE:“LOOKING TO UNGASS 2016”
The Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGASS) on drugs convened for 2016 offers the opportunity to bring the Latin American debate to the global scene. What opportunities and obstacles draw near? Is it possible to reach an agreement between countries in the region in order to move towards reform proposals?