Expert seminar: Global experiences with harm reduction for stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances

Transnational Institute (TNI) and Forum Droghe
May 20, 2014

The Expert Seminar on the Global Experiences with Harm Reduction for Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), an initiative of the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Forum Droghe, took place in Rome on May 20, 2014 at Università Pontificia Lateranense. A total of 23 people attended the meeting, representing research and academic institutions as well as non-governmental organizations working in the field. The seminar was organised with financial support of the EC Drug Prevention and Information Programme and the Open Society Foundation.

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Aims of the seminars and participant introduction

Three themes were covered over the course of the day:

? Self-regulation and drug use;

? Experiences with harm reduction measures for stimulants in the America’s, Asia, Oceania and Europe;

? Conclusions - achieving a comprehensive package of harm reduction for stimulants.

A brief round table participant introduction followed.

Each theme was prefaced by introductory remarks by key participants, in order to stimulate reflection and dialogue, followed by frank discussion. This report conveys the highlights of the discussion, although no individuals are quoted, in keeping with the anonymity stipulated by the Chatham House rule. The ideas expressed were those of individuals in their capacity as experts in the field of harm reduction for stimulants and NPS, and should not be interpreted as reflecting consensus among the group, or endorsement by the organizers.

The seminar is part of the New Approaches in Drug Policy & Interventions (NAPDI) project.

This project has been executed with the financial assistance of the Drug Prevention and Information Programme (DPIP) of the European Union and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The contents of this project are the sole responsibility of TNI and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the donors.