Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)




The INTER-AMERICAN DRUG ABUSE CONTROL COMMISSION (KNOWN BY ITS SPANISH LANGUAGE ACRONYM, CICAD) is the consultative and advisory body of the OAS on the drug issue. It serves as a forum for OAS member states to discuss and find solutions to the drug problem, and provides them technical assistance to increase their capacity to counter the drug problem. Since its establishment in 1986, CICAD and its Executive Secretariat have responded to the ever-changing challenges of drug control, expanding its efforts to promote regional cooperation and coordination with and among its member states. The OAS' Hemispheric Drug Strategy, adopted in 2010, approaches the world drug problem as a complex, dynamic, and multi-causal phenomenon, requiring a comprehensive, balanced and multidisciplinary approach. The Strategy acknowledges drug dependence as a disease that should be addressed as a public health matter, and calls for countries to maintain an appropriate balance between demand reduction and supply reduction activities. The Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs (2016-2020), a guide for the implementation of the Strategy, sets priority actions for OAS member states, placing individuals at the core of drug policies and including a cross-cutting perspective on human rights, gender, and development, with a focus on evidence-based drug policies. Through its annual programming and wide range of national and regional projects in the Hemisphere, CICAD assists member states in strengthening their drug policies by conducting in-depth research and evaluation regarding drug-related issues and emerging trends, and by providing effective technical assistance and specialized training focused on capacity building. CICAD works closely with partners such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Narcotics Control Board, the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and the Regional Security System. CICAD also maintains strong ties with civil society, including the participation of civil society in all CICAD regular sessions.

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