Criminalising Addiction: is there Another Way?

21 May 2013, 10:30am - 3:00pm

drug handcuff

The Citywide conference to discuss the impact of current Irish Drug Policy and to look at possible alternative policies was held on May 21st. The conference was held against a backdrop of an international push to review the ‘War on Drugs’ and to consider alternative drugs policies.  Citywide believe that it is important to examine the evidence that informs these policies in order to participate in the debate.

The conference speakers covered:

  • The difference between decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs
  • The purpose of criminalisation and drug law enforcement
  • The  impact of drug related convictions on the prison population and the drugs trade
  • Drug decriminalisation practiced around the world
  • The impact of criminal records  for minor drug offences
  • The UN General Assembly Special Session on International Drug Policy 2016 to review the ‘War on Drugs.’

Participants were given an opportunity to discuss their views and to listen to presentations from:

Niamh Eastwood, Director of Release, the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law in the UK

Johnny Connolly, Research Officer, Health Research Board

Liam Herrick, Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust

Brigid Pike, Researcher, Irish Focal Point for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Health Research Board

(Click here for Conference speakers bios)

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