The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP) is a
network of professionals and community leaders from across the globe who
support and promote effective drug demand reduction principles and
strive to advance communication and cooperation among non-government
organizations (NGO’s) who are working to stem illicit drug use and
promote sound drug policy around the world.
ITFSDP convenes annual meetings of the members of Drug Free America
Foundation, the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse
and the Institute on Global Drug Policy and Drug Prevention Network of
the Americas to continuously train global leaders on drug policy
issues. The training reinforces effective demand reduction principles
and programs. It enables the attendees to mobilize their communities to
push back against substance abuse and efforts to legalize drugs in their
communities. The key individuals being trained are decision makers who
advise governments, intellectuals, researchers, doctors and other
community leaders and who are willing to commit to the following:
- To train in their own communities.
- Utilize what they learn and share it through
various ways such as writing papers and articles; presenting at local,
regional, national and international conferences and meetings; and
participating in media appearances.
The meetings provide training to the attendees to
develop and enhance an international drug demand reduction task force
that is skilled in writing papers and articles, and conducting lectures
and other public appearances to push back against drug legalization
issues such as harm reduction, medical excuse marijuana, hemp,
maintenance drug treatment, etc. These task force members are able to
educate the public about the negative aspects of social, health and
economic costs of drug legalization and permissive drug policies. The
meetings also focus on the development of an international communication
system and a rapid response mechanism to create and disseminate
responses to refute false claims and misinformation advanced by drug
legalization advocates in print media around the world.
The meetings focus on an exchange of information.
Effective strategies are also developed to combat the drug legalization
campaign that is being waged worldwide.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
As a result of previous meetings, attendees have accomplished the
- Obtained a broader understanding of patterns and
impacts of drug use, legalization initiatives that weaken demand
reduction policies and how drug use promotion, commonly referred to as
“harm reduction,” has been used to promote drug use among youth.
- Understood the role that drug use enabling
strategies play in drug legalization efforts.
- Obtained knowledge about innovative technologies
and current scientific information to combat drugs of abuse.
- Learned media strategies to effectively get their
messages out to the public.
- Obtained training materials to assist them in their
local drug demand reduction efforts.
- Developed definitive strategies to combat drug
legalization and permissive drug policies.
- Developed a level of competency in presenting and
disseminating in a variety of ways the materials that have been