ITFSDP – Press Release

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April, 14, 2016

International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy Releases Recommendations on International Drug Control in Preparation for the United Nation’s General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

(St. Petersburg, FL) Members of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP) have analyzed marijuana legalization in key states within the United States noting various consequences of this failed policy. Further, Task Force members stand in support of our international drug treaties and intend to work to preserve them, along with public health and safety, through a set of policy recommendations that will be discussed at UNGASS 2016.

“ITFSDP supports and promotes drug demand reduction principles and sound drug policies. The Task Force also advances communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to reduce illicit drug use.  Our members anticipate having their voices heard on key drug policy issues at UNGASS 2016,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and ITFSDP member. “Our work is more important than ever because drug legalization advocates are pushing more countries to adopt liberalized drug policies that include the legalization of drugs such as marijuana and other policies that do not bring those struggling with addiction to sobriety. These recommendations put forth by the Task Force  are meant to drive the message home to member states that it is essential for every drug policy and activity to reduce and prevent drug demand,” concluded Fay.

According to former member of the International Narcotics Control Board and Professor at the University of Michigan, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, “The intention of our Task Force is to promote core principles of effective drug policies which include prevention, treatment and supply reduction. These policies have been clearly formulated as recommendations that accord with the obligations set forth in the three international conventions on drug control signed and ratified by virtually every country in the world. It is imperative to communicate consistent, effective, science-based research findings to the international community in order to bridge drug policy disparities among the signatory countries.”

If you would like to set up an interview with Calvina Fay, Ambassador Levitsky or other Task Force members, please contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571. The paper, which includes the recommendations, is titled, Consequences of Marijuana Legalization in the United States and the International Implications, can be found on the ITSDP’s website.

The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy is a network of professionals and community leaders who support and promote drug demand reduction principles, develop community coalitions and strive to advance communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to stem illicit drugs and promote sound drug policy around the world.

Read Paper Here – ITFSDP – UNGASS Paper 2016


For More Information Contact: Lana Beck (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571

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