A Public Health Approach to Drug Policies in Central Asia through CADAP 7


The 67th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs has been held in Vienna on March 14-22 in which Spain participated through the presence of the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs, the Anti-Drugs Prosecutor, the Intelligence Center for Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime, CADAP 7 implementing agency FIIAPP and European cooperation programmes on drugs such as COPOLAD and CADAP 7.

On March 18, CADAP 7 together with UNODC supported the side event “ A Public Health Approach to Drug Policies in Central Asia through CADAP 7: An EU Funded Cooperation Programme led by Spain” which has been held between Spain and government delegations from Central Asian countries. This event highlighted the importance of promoting the public health perspective in drug policy in Central Asia taking into account various international standards in evidence-based prevention and treatment. Emphasis was put on the initiatives in drug demand reduction promoted by CADAP7 and the experiences of the Central Asian countries.

The Director of CADAP 7, Ernest Robelló, highlighted the importance of integrating the public health approach in drug policies to promote health and the well-being of people and communities. “it is necessary to balance drug strategies in a more balanced way and from a public health perspective“ – he said.

The representative of Spain Elena Alvarez expressed Spain’s support to the dissemination and implementation of international standards in drug demand reduction, thus reinforcing its national and international commitment to evidence-based practice. She also highlighted the support of the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs to programmes such as CADAP 7.