News & Announcements
Call for Papers: Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED), LSE Press.
Special Issue: From the Local to the Transnational: Linkages in the North and Central American Drug Trades.
Special Issue Guest Editors: Cecilia Farfán-Méndez, Romain Le Cour Grandmaison, Nathaniel Morris and John Collins.
We are now inviting proposals from social scientists and scholars in the humanities working on illicit drug production, trafficking, and consumption in Central America, the Caribbean, and North America—Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
On October 28th, Harm Reduction International will be launching a new report that draws on positive impacts of COVID on opioid substitution therapies from multiple countries. Be on the look out!
Key Findings from a Global Drug Survey survey that ran for 7 weeks from May – June 2020 are now available:
ISSDP has partnered with MemberClicks to create an administrative and communication system for its membership.
As ISSDP is growing and becoming increasingly global, Memberclicks can help us stay on top of membership, registration for events, communications and help us do a better job at facilitating more communication between our members.
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A scientific look at the 2020 World Drug Report
A joint ISSDP-UNODC webinar took place on 2 July 2020.
The webinar featured an overview of the 2020 World Drug Report by Angela Me (Chief Research and Trend Analysis Branch, UNODC) and an ISSDP panel of experts discussing three key topics: 1) socioeconomic circumstances of heavy use, 2) access to controlled medicine and 3) the rise of meth and stimulants.
Dear Members, Participants and Friends
We hope you and your families are safe and managing the global situation as best as you can. Between the continued spread and progression of the global novel coronavirus –with its impacts on our daily lives due to social distancing requirements and economicfactors–as well as the social unrest and activism sparked by racism and injustice in the U.S.that has now spread globally, it is clear that we are all living through an important moment in history that will likely have profound impacts on all of us and our communities. Many of you are using this moment to engage in new research and activism, and as a society we look forward to seeing the fruits of those laborsas they pertain to the study of drug policy. We have been very saddened to have to cancel the ISSDP conference this year(details below)and missthe opportunityto connect and catch up face to face. To help fill that gapthe ISSDP board has come up with a few opportunities for us of us to re-engage, albeit virtually, in the coming months.
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula (ISSDP President)
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is very pleased to announce that our own Peter Reuter has just been named a Distinguished University Professor by the University of Maryland for his influential work on alternative drug policies in the United States and Western Europe. This is the highest honor bestowed on a tenured faculty member in recognition not just of excellence, but of impact and significant contributions to the nominee’s profession. Peter’s appointment follows closely on the appointment of Sally Simpson last year. CCJS has had an incredible track record in receiving DUP awards: Peter is the Department’s fifth faculty member to receive this award.
What effect is COVID-19 having on the drug market in the EU? This joint publication from the EMCDDA and Europol analyses the impact of the pandemic on the market for the main drug types (cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, NPS), including demand, production, trafficking and availability (EMCDDA)
Dear Friends, Participants and Members,
We hope you and your families are safe and managing the global situation as best as you can.
The changing situation with respect to Coronavirus (COVID-19) coupled with its anticipated resurgence in late 2020 has led the ISSDP board to decide to cancel the 2020 ISSDP annual meeting altogether and instead to push back the currently planned meeting to next year. Our host organization, CIDE in Mexico, has agreed to host the meeting for us next year, June 2-4 2021. We have pushed the meeting back into early June in hopes that doing so will reduce the risk of us being impacted again next year. We will be taking down the official host webpage for 2020 in light of this change, but please look for the launch of the new 2021 webpage shortly. The host committee will be connecting with our currently accepted speakers and presenters to ascertain willingness to continue participation in the program next year and adjustments will be made.
We appreciate everyone’s patience with us, and advice, as we worked through the various scenarios and assessed the impacts of the various options. Our hope is that by notifying you all of this change now, it may be possible to change travel arrangements without substantial losses.
Please stay safe and we hope to see many of you in Mexico in June 2021!
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, President ISSDP
Caitlin Hughes, Vice-President ISSDP
As you might be aware, several countries are implementing different measures to mitigate the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Such measures have included the cancellation or the postponement of international travels and events/meetings involving a large number of participants.
Even though in Mexico (update March 11th, 10 AM CST), there are only eight confirmed cases and none of these cases are in or near Aguascalientes, we have decided to postpone the event until further notice. We will communicate the new dates once we have a clearer picture of the evolution of the virus globally. This means that we will respect all payments made so far and we will extend early-bird registration once we have a new date.
We sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience this situation may carry. We will certainly try our best to solve any questions or concerns you may have with respect to the change of dates. If you need support contacting your hotel to change the reservation, you can send your reservation information to ISSDP2020@cide.edu and we will help you with the request.
Our solidarity with everyone affected by this situation.
The ISSDP Organizing Committee.
The call for articles for the special issue on ‘Killing in the name of the war on drugs in Asia’ is now announced at:
Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program, UNSW and former ISSDP director has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to education, to drug and alcohol research and social policy, and to professional medical societies. A remarkable achievement.
Congratulations from all of ISSDP.
As many of you already know, our dear friend and colleague passed away this summer. We will be having a special session at the 2020 ISSDP Annual meeting honouring Mark, his contributions to Drug Policy, and the legacy he has left. If you are interested in participating, please contact Peter Reuter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information about funding opportunities related to drug policy that may be of interest to our membership.
- The Justice Programme of the European Commission of the EU opened a call for transnational projects in the area of EU drug policy.
- The Internal Security Fund-Police of the European Union opened a call for projects aiming to improve law enforcement in the area of illicit drug trafficking.
- COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks – connects research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.
Congratulations to Jack Spicer @jackhspicer for winning the best Early Career Researcher award at the 2019 ISSDP Conference in Paris for his work on “Between gang talk and prohibition: scapegoating and the transfer of responsibility for County Lines”