Drug Policy Futures (DPF) 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.

Drug Policy futures  has members from all continents. They cover a wide range of services from prevention, early intervention, treatment, harm reduction, social reintegration and recovery.

Our strength is a rich mixture of organizations that work both nationally and internationally, as well as on grassroot level with children, women, men, drug addicts, prisoners, recovered drug users and professionals.

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  • 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.
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Diana Joseph, India

Diana Joseph is the Director of the Fourth Wave Foundation - Project VENDA. Project VENDA works dedicatedly to contain substance abuse and drug addiction among teens and young adults through primary prevention and demand reduction activities. The initiative also equips parents, teachers, doctors, heads of institutions and other stakeholders to create a safe, drug-free environment for generations to come. Diana is also on the board of the World Federation Against Drugs.

Dr. Mousa Daoud, Jordan

Dr. Mousa Daoud is President of The Jordanian Anti Drugs Society – Jordan, Member of The Jordanian commission on Drugs. And head of Arab Network for Drug Control.

Daoud is a Pharmacist since 1997 and has MBA in Sales Management & Marketing, Expert specialized in NGO’s affairs, Member of VNGOC and IFGC. He is also on the board of several youth and community organizations.

William Nkatakuta, Kenya

William Ntakuka is the program manager at Students Campaign Against Drugs in Kenya. He is also Alcohol Control adviser at the East Africa Alcohol Policy and Control Alliance. He is currently the Chair of Alcohol Technical Working Group on Non-communicable Disease Interagency Coordinating Committee (NCD ICC) at the Ministry of Health Kenya and the Board members Alcoholic Drinks Control Board at the County Government of Kajiado. He was appointed in 2015 by the Director of Medical Services to be a member of the Ministry of Health Kenya Substance Technical Coordinating Committee.
He holds Masters of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management from University of Nairobi, a Bachelor of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) and Diploma in Business Management (KIM). He has several professional certificates example Logframe Approach to Project Design, Result Based Management, Right Based Approach, Legislative process, Evidence Based Prevention Strategies among others.

Kristina Sperkova, Slovakia

Kristina Sperkova can count on 20 years worth of experience working in civil society in the field of health promotion, with special focus on prevention of harm caused by alcohol and other drugs, working on all levels of society. Kristina started her career in a local peer program in her hometown community in Slovakia. She was Secretary General of a European youth sobriety organisation, she worked in the field of development aid as a program manager and junior alcohol policy advisor. In 2014, she was elected President of Movendi International and from that position she has been advocating for and leading the way in a comprehensive approach to tackling the global burden of harm caused by alcohol and other drugs including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Kristina is the author of People’s Voice report.

John Redman, USA

John Redman, USA

John Redman is an internationally recognized speaker and discussion facilitator on drug policy issues -- particularly as they pertain to children. He was formally the Director of Drug Demand Reduction for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA’s) of California. He is currently the CEO of Community Alliances for Drug Free youth. In this capacity he works to help people across industries, nonprofit organizations, faith-based institutions and educational campuses connect, communicate and collaborate to develop effective drug strategies. Mr. Redman is passionate about assisting specific communities because he is also an expert on national and international drug problems and sees how change at the local level could help address them.
He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, (1983), an M.F.A. degree in design from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, (1996) and a Doctor of Divinity from Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.

Tajudeen Abiola, Nigeria

Tajudeen Abiola is the National Secretary of Green Crescent Health Development Initiative (GHI) in Nigeria, a public health organization working on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of individuals, families and communities in Nigeria struggling with addiction and related harms.

Tajudeen earned his Medical Degree at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Postgraduate Fellowship in Psychiatry at National Post-Graduate Medical College of Nigeria. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapeutic Studies at New School of Psychotherapy and Counseling and Middlesex University.

He works at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna-Nigeria, where he is the head of Medical Services Department.

Dag Endal, Norway (Network coordinator)

Dag Endal is the international network coordinator of Drug Policy Futures. He has for the last 15 years been working as a project coordinator in the Alcohol, Drugs and Development programme of FORUT, a Norwegian development NGO. Areas of competence: Substance use as a development issue. Links between substance use and mainstream development issues; like poverty, good governance, gender-based violence, child rights, hiv/aids. Community mobilization, civil society involvement, alcohol and drug policies.
From 1991, Mr. Endal served ten years as executive director of Green Living, a national environment programme for households and concerned individuals. Founding president of Actis, The Norwegian Alcohol and Drug Policy Network, served for the first eight years of the organization (2003-2011). Ten years (1999-2009) as president of JUBA, a national children’s NGO focused on drug-free lifestyle and international solidarity.

Zoran Jelić, Croatia

Zoran Jelić is president of STIJENA RESOC, a grassroot organisation from Zagreb, Croatia. Working in the field of social reintegration of drug users and prisoners for almost 20 years, he has a rich experience in working first hand with drug users, people in prisons, affected families, women, children, youth and policy makers. Mr. Jelić has a bachelor’s degree of criminal studies from University of Zagreb. As a small business owner he is also involved in development of social enterpreneurship projects for recovered users, ex-prisoners and people with disabilities. He is also involved in several networks like VNGOC, EURAD, RUN and an informal Balkan group of former drug addicts that has had its annual conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina since 2006.