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Drug Policy Futures is a global platform for a new drug policy debate based on health. We reject the simple dichotomy between ”a war on drugs” on the one hand and ”legalization” on the other.

Instead we believe in engaging in an open dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of global drug policies. We will advocate for evidence based strategies to promote public health, safety and and the well-being of society, including those addicted to drugs and their families.

In summary we put forward the following principles:

  • Drug policies should prevent initiation of drug use.
  • Drug policies must respect human rights (for users and non-users alike) as well as the principle of proportionality.
  • Drug policies should strike a balance of efforts to reduce the use of drugs and the supply of drugs.
  • Drug policies should protect children from drug use.
  • Drug policies should ensure access to medical help, treatment and recovery services.
  • Drug policies should ensure access to controlled drugs for legitimate scientific and medical purposes.
  • Drug policies should ensure that medical and judicial responses are coordinated with the goal of reducing drug use and drug-related consequences.

Steering Group

Stig Erik Sørheim

Stig Erik Sørheim is Head of the International Department at Actis – Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs and President of EURAD (Europe for Action on Drugs).

Stig Erik earned his Cand. Philol. degree at the University of Oslo. He spent nine years with the Norwegian Directorate for Health as a senior adviser in alcohol and drug policy, public health and health inequalities.

He is also on the board of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance and the Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network.

Sven-Olov Carlsson

SVEN-OLOV CARLSSON, BSc, began his career as a Municipal Chief Executive and worked for 20 years in this field. Since 2002 he is the International President of IOGT International, a worldwide community of NGOs working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention.

Mr. Carlsson is a member of the Board of EUROCARE – the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA). Between 1995 – 2009 he was the President of IOGT-NTO in Sweden, an NGO working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention.

In 2009 he became the International President of World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD), a multilateral community of non-governmental organizations and individuals. WFAD advocate a balanced and restrictive drug policy based on the UN Conventions.

Per Johansson

Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Graduated from teachers college 1978. Worked in the construction business during the 1980s. Has worked as a Secretary General for the National Association for a Drug-free Society (RNS) since the early 1990′s.

Per came across the problem of drug abuse while working a year at a mental hospital in between high school and college. In 1979 he came in contact with RNS and met Professor Nils Bejerot, psychiatrist, who founded the organization. He became an enthusiastic volunteer working for RNS.

Per took part in organizing the First World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm in September 2008. Based on that experience four of the Swedish NGOs that organized the Forum founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, in 2009.

Elisa Rubini de Silveira, SanPatrignano Foundation

Ms. Rubini de Silveira has been working for the SanPatrignano Foundation since 2009  and currently leads the International Relations Team. She is the Representative of the Foundation to the United Nations and  regularly undertakes missions in Europe and Americas, to present SanPatrignano’s model and achievements. Since 2013, Ms. Rubini  de Silveira is Member of  Board of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs , Expert for the European Commission in the Civil Society Forum of the EU and Board Member of Europe Against Drugs.

Ms. Rubini de Silveira holds a Master degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (2003), a Master in International Relations from the Vienna Diplomatic Academy (2006), an Executive International Master in Communications and Strategies of Intervention in Drug Addition, Prevention, Enforcement and Social Integration from IULM University  of Milan(2008), and a Post Graduate Degree in Philosophical Counseling from GesellschaftfürPhilosophische Praxis e.V. Dr. Gerd Achenbach, Cologne (2011).  Since March 2011 Elisa is Adjunct Member of the American Philosophical Practitioner Association (APPA).

From 2006 to 2008 Ms. Rubini de Silveira served as International Consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna (UNODC). Furthermore, Ms. Rubini  de Silveira was personal Advisor to the President of the International Commission of Prison Pastoral Care (ICCPPC) and Secretary of the Vienna NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (2007-2008). She was member of the Academic Council of the United Nations (ACUNS, 2007-2008), Seconded Observer in the Parliamentary Election in Serbia in 2007 and Trainee for the European Commission Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2006.  Between 2003 and 2006 Mr. Rubini de Silveira worked as free-lance consultant and editor for an Italian publishing house.

Ms. Rubini de Silveira speaks English, Spanish, German, French, and her mother language Italian.

Monica Barzanti

She graduated in Modern Languages and Literature in 1981, followed by a graduation as a professional educator (3 year course) focusing on the themes of psychology, pedagogy, social anthropology, legal and medical aspects of drug dependence, among others.

Since 1979 she has been working at  San Patrignano as a volunteer, mentoring girls and young women in their path to recovery from drug addiction. Since 1986 Ms. Barzanti become part of the Communications staff of San Patrignano and has been organizing international events, in addition to participating in conferences in Italy and abroad on the theme of drug dependence. Since 1998 she is in the International Relations Team and  has been coordinating and tutoring study visits to the Community by schools, volunteer groups, social workers, policy makers and people working in the addiction field, both Italians and foreigners. She also acts as a liaison for University students and researchers wishing to study some aspects of the San Patrignano Community and collaborates with Italian and International Universities in the creation and implementation of Master Courses on addiction. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Vienna NGO Committee, representing San Patrignano at various United Nations events on the theme of drugs. She is Board Member of the World Federation Against Drugs and active member of many International networks dealing with drug addiction, participating at many International projects as consultant and expert in recovery methods and transfer of expertise.

Fay Watson

Fay is the Secretary of EURAD – a European network of drug prevention and rehabilitation programmes across Europe. Based in Brussels, she represents EURAD at the EU and UN level and is Vice-Chair of the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs.

Fay has a BA (Hons) in Human Geography and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Leadership and Management. Before joining EURAD, Fay worked in various senior management positions within the public health arena on behalf of the National Health Service (NHS) in England.

Frans Koopmans

Frans Koopmans (1963) is in charge of the health care philosophy and ethics department of De Hoop (The Hope) Foundation in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. De Hoop Foundation is a mental health care organization that from its start in 1975 has been providing addiction care and psychiatric care to adults, adolescents and children. Furthermore, it runs a center for social care as well as a therapeutic living community.

Frans Koopmans is also a member of the International Steering Group of ISAAC (International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition), a member of The Institute on Global Drug Policy and an international fellow of Drug Free Australia. He has written several books (Dutch) on addiction. Frans has a MA degree from Leiden University (1987, Faculty of Arts) as well as a MA degree from the Free University Amsterdam (2010, Faculty of Philosophy). Presently, he is a PhD candidate at the latter university in the field of addiction.

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph. D.

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. has studied, researched, and written about drug policy, drug markets, drug prevention, drug treatment, criminal justice policy, addiction, and public policy analysis for almost 18 years. In 2000, he served in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Clinton Administration and from 2003-2004 he was the senior speechwriter at the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush Administration. From 2009-2011, he was a political appointee and senior drug policy advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, R. Gil Kerlikowske. He was the youngest senior staffer in that office and the only one to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.

In 2013, he co-founded, with former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which advocates for an approach to marijuana policy that is focused neither on incarceration nor legalization – but on health, prevention, treatment, recovery, and public safety. SAM’s board comprises the most distinguished panel of public health physicians and addiction specialists in the country. He is also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine. He is the author of numerous monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and op-eds, and his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, was published by Beaufort in 2013.

In addition, he advises several non-governmental organizations working to reduce drug abuse and its consequences in the United States, and serves in an international role as an advisor, in various capacities, to the United Nations and other multi-national organizations. In 2012-2013, he served as one of thirty experts on the Organization of American States review panel analyzing hemispheric drug policy.

He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every top media publication and news channel. He received his doctorate and M.S. from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 2007 and 2002, respectively, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. He resides in Cambridge, MA.

West Huddleston

West Huddleston is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), located in the Nation’s Capitol. Prior to being appointed CEO in 2006, Mr. Huddleston served as the first Deputy Director and then Director of NADCP’s professional services branch, the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), for nine years.

Mr. Huddleston is regarded as a pioneer in drug courts and other alternative sentencing strategies having spent more than a decade providing vision and leadership throughout the world, furthering the movement and its impact on the addict, the family and the community. During his eleven years of service at NADCP, Mr. Huddleston has authored 16 publications and briefs; testified before U.S. Congress, numerous state legislatures, and international parliaments; been interviewed repeatedly by radio, television, and print media on topics related to alternative sentencing, alcohol and other drug abuse/dependence, drug policy, crime and public safety; and delivered over 450 keynote speeches in forty-four states and eight countries.

Prior to his work at NADCP/NDCI, Mr. Huddleston worked for eight years as a board-licensed clinician with misdemeanor and felony offenders at the county, state and federal level. During this period, Mr. Huddleston worked throughout the Tennessee and Oklahoma justice systems to develop, implement and operate numerous offender-specific, in-custody and community mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Mr. Huddleston served as the director of two community corrections programs and as the director of a 125-bed pre-release correctional center. In addition, he co-designed the first two drug courts in the State of Oklahoma, one of which served as an early mentor court for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Huddleston serves as an advisor and/or consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a distinguished faculty member of the National Judicial College. Mr. Huddleston has won numerous awards throughout his life; most recently the 2008 U.S. Congressional Horizon Award for his lifelong dedication to bettering communities throughout the nation and the 2008 America Honors Recovery Award from the Johnson Institute for his service to those suffering with addiction.

Gen. Arthur T. Dean

Arthur T. Dean became the Chairman and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) on August 31, 1998. His responsibilities as Chairman and CEO include providing strategic direction, diversifying and increasing funding, leading the board, being the primary spokesman for the organization and overseeing the operations and personnel of CADCA.

Before joining CADCA, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Army. He retired on August 31, 1998, at the grade of Major General. During his time in the Army, General Dean served around the world. He saw combat in the Republic of Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. He served six years with the 82d Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. He also served four years in Germany. General Dean commanded Army units from Company to Brigade for 10 years and served 10 years at Headquarters, Department of the Army, in Washington, DC. He was a U.S. Army and Republic of Vietnam Senior Parachutist and an Army Ranger. He possesses numerous awards with the highest being two awards of the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal.

General Dean has served as a member of numerous boards to include the Executive Council of the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts of America; member of the Board of Directors, Washington, DC Project, Enterprise International Development, Inc.; member of the Defense Science Board Human Resources Task Force; the Board of Directors, Partnership@drugfree.org; member of the National Guard Bureau Advisory Board; co-chair and member, Advisory Commission, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, Executive Office of the President; member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Advisory Council; and member, Board of Directors, The Madeira School. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for U.S. Army Recruiting Command; member of ASAE’s Key Philanthropic Organization Committee (KPOC); chairman of the Multi-jurisdictional Counter-drug Task Force Training (MCTFT) Advisory Committee; member of Washington, DC and State of New Jersey Prevention Councils; and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Board of Directors, for which he serves as Chairman.

General Dean received his undergraduate degree in history from Morgan State University in 1967 and his master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University in 1977. He is also a graduate of the Stanford University’s Advanced Management Program and the U.S. Army’s War College.

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