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Drug Free America Foundation to Participate in London Conference to Counter Harm Promotion Tactics


Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF) will participate in a groundbreaking international conference "THE FUTURE OF DRUG POLICIES GLOBALLY - Reconciling Research with Reality, Rights with Responsibilities" at the Hotel Russell in London, August 9, 2006.

The conference is co-sponsored by European Cities Against Drugs, the Institute on Global Drug Policy, the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse, the London Drug Policy Forum and MOTGIFT International.

Some speakers will include: Lesley Pallett (Head of Drugs and International Crime Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom), Habibullah Qaderi (Minister of Counter Narcotics, Afghanistan), John Walters (Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) and Dr. Hamid Ghodse (President of the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board).

The discussion will cover the role of U.S. foreign policy in countering international drug trafficking, how countries like Afghanistan are addressing the drug problem, a critique of the drug policies of the United Kingdom and the European Union.

According to Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., "The focus of this conference will be to uphold the UN Conventions on drugs as well as to examine the results of so-called harm reduction strategies and their impact on human rights."

Fay continued: "The conference is expected to have a significant impact on drug policy globally and to counter the international gatherings and activities of pro-drug advocates whose aim is to change or repeal the UN Conventions. We are proud to be a supporter of, as well as a participant in, this seminal meeting."

DFAF will hold the annual meeting of its International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy at the same venue, August 6-8. Each year, the Task Force brings together policy experts from Europe and the Americas to formulate anti-drug strategy and address pressing concerns. The London meeting will include representatives of 18 nations.

Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to developing and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction and drug-related injury and death. For more information, go to www.dfaf.org. To schedule an interview with Ms. Fay, contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or +44 7969 140837.