Eighth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy: Rome 21-23 May 2014


Just a reminder about the Eighth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy: Rome 21-23 May 2014

All abstracts and panel proposals due 20 January 2014

The eighth annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) will be held in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 May 2014. The conference rotates amongst continents. Last year we were in Colombia, South America. In 2014, we will be in Europe, where state-of-the-art monitoring and epidemiology, along with treatment responses as well as law enforcement  and prevention are all on display.

The conference should be of interest to policy makers, practitioners and academics from a wide array of disciplines who are engaged in drug policy research pertaining to drug markets, the harms caused by both the supply of and demand for drugs, and the intended and unintended consequences of policy.

We invite abstracts of 200-400 words or panel proposals (for up to four papers) from researchers and practitioners interested in advancing knowledge regarding the development, assessment, or evolution of drug policy nationally or internationally. Areas of particular interest this year include the following:

  • The drug world after the economic recession: what has changed?
  • The rise of emerging psychoactive substances and new policy directions
  • Marijuana policy: what do we know about the public health implications from decriminalization and medical marijuana?
  • Drug markets and policy responses outside of Europe and North America
  • Drugs and human rights
  • Harm reduction policies: Consumption rooms, prison needle exchange
  • Measurement in drug policy: how do we make sense of scarce information and define and measure new drug trends? What are the optimal indicators of health, social harm and supply?
  • Supply and regulation within and beyond consumer nations
  • What can drug policy learn from supply and regulation of other substances?
  • Corruption and organized crime: intersections between drugs, organized crime, and judicial systems

All abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to cibb@uniroma2.it before 20 January 2014. For full details on the call for abstracts, ISSDP and the conference location please see:


PhD students and scholars from developing countries are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts. A competitive scholarships program is available for these delegates: