The production and use of drugs is a plural phenomenon, with multiple manifestations according to the moment in history, the culture, the economic and general situation of a country, the diverse meanings assigned by people and the differences between the substances. However, many choose to homogenize the “problem of drugs” as if it were solely one unique phenomenon: timeless and without history.
In the last 100 years, this theme has been transformed into a “social question,” while many different participants, including the State, have contributed to its construction as a social problem.
The policies of drug control express tension, contradictions and conflicts concerning the way to regulate their production and consumption. On this mark, local and international debates have developed on this issue.
In the context of our country, of social inequality, of disparities in income and poverty, these debates cannot ignore the consequences that the policies of control have produced, which include: social isolation, disproportionate incarceration of drug users and drug mules, social violence, environmental damage and violation of basic human rights.
Started in 2003, the National Conference on Drug Policy has became a platform for discussion and elaboration on proposed improvements or amendments.
The General Objectives of the Conference are
Start an informed social debate with the intention of inspiring non-punitive policies that are scientifically based and respond efficiently to the diverse problems associated with drugs.
Generate an exchange on a national level between Academics and Politicians with the purpose of maintaining updated information on the consumption of drugs, problems associated with consumption, policies and interventions.
Cattani, Horacio. Judge of the Federal Criminal and Correctional Court of Appeals of the Federal Capital. Professor at the Law School of the UBA
Clemente, Adriana. Vice-Dean of the Department of Social Sciences at the UBA
Cymerman, Pablo. Responsible for advocacy area of Intercambios Civil Association. Teacher and Researcher for the Department of Social Sciences and Psychology at the UBA.
Goltzman, Paula. Responsible of intervention and training areas at Intercambios Civil Association. Teacher and Researcher in the Department of Social Sciences at the UBA.
Pawlowicz, María Pía. Researcher at Intercambios Civil Association. Teacher and Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the UBA.
Rossi, Diana. Research Coordinator at Intercambios Civil Association. Student and Researcher for the Deparment of Social Sciences at the UBA.
Touzé, Graciela. President of Intercambios Civil Association. Teacher and Researcher for the Department of Social Sciences at the UBA.
Vila, Marcelo. SubRegional Coordinator for VIH/ITS for the Southern Cone. Pan-American Organization on Health/ World Health Organization.
Zaldúa, Graciela. Profesor of Preventative Psychology for the Department of Psychology at the UBA.