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Public/Private Partnerships to address Hemispheric Drug Challenges AACLA Annual Meeting October 18, 2011 Ambassador Paul E. Simons Executive Secretary Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). CICAD. CICAD Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission.

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Public/Private Partnerships to address Hemispheric Drug ChallengesAACLA Annual Meeting October 18, 2011Ambassador Paul E. SimonsExecutive Secretary Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)


cicad inter american drug abuse control commission
CICADInter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

Mission: To enhance the human and institutional capacities of 34 member states to reduce the production, trafficking and abuse of drugs in the Americas

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CICADInter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
  • Three Areas of Focus:
  • Policy Analysis
  • Multilateral Evaluation
  • Technical Cooperation
regional drug flows
Regional Drug Flows


  • Colombia cocaine – north through Central America and Mexico; east through Caribbean to Europe
  • Peru/Bolivia cocaine – via Southern Cone to Africa and Europe
  • Heroin -- Mexico supplants Colombia
  • Growth of synthetic drugs/chemical precursors
regional drug use
Regional Drug Use
  • Drugs/public security issues rival economy as top political challenge
  • Throughout hemisphere: youth drug/alcohol consumption a major public health/public safety concern
  • Smokable cocaine -- crack/paco/pasta base -- growing problem in the Southern Cone
  • Next challenge: Synthetic drugs/abuse of pharmaceuticals
cicad leadership in hemispheric drug policy
CICADLeadership in Hemispheric Drug Policy
  • Draft model laws and regulations
  • Establish drug information systems
  • Develop national drug strategies and plans
cicad leadership in multilateral evaluation
CICADLeadership in Multilateral Evaluation
  • Peer reviews yielded 350 recommendations for improved drug control in 34 member states.
  • Member states “race to the top” to meet commitments on 50 separate performance indicators
improved regulation and law enforcement
Improved Regulation and Law Enforcement

Enhanced maritime interdiction

Tightened control over chemical precursors

Reduced diversion of prescription drugs

CICAD : Reducing Drug Supply

Counterdrug intelligence school in Bogota (1,500 officers trained since 1999)

cicad reducing drug supply money laundering control
CICAD: Reducing Drug supplyMoney Laundering Control

Mock trials and investigations

Financial intelligence units

Management of assets seized & forfeited from traffickers

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CICAD: Reducing Drug Demand

Prevention, Treatment & Reintegration
  • Prevention/educational guidelines and initiatives
  • Training and certifying drug treatment counselors
  • Promoting drug treatment courts as alternative to incarceration
opportunities for private sector
Opportunities for Private Sector
  • Assessment: Public/private partnership to support research on drug use patterns and attitudes in schools and in the workplace.
  • Program Development: Public/private partnership to develop and implement innovative drug education/prevention efforts in the workplace.
  • Implementation: Incorporate drug/wellness programs into corporate human resources and corporate social responsibility programs.
cicad executive secretariat who we are
CICAD Executive Secretariat: Who We Are
  • 40 top-notch professionals drawn from across the drug control spectrum: statisticians, public health professionals, lawyers, social workers, pharmacists, prosecutors, political scientists and economists.
  • Multinational, multilingual staff drawn from 13 countries, united in passion and commitment to public service.

Ambassador Paul E. SimonsExecutive SecretaryPSimons@oas.orgwww.CICAD.OAS.orgInter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

Secretariat for Multidimensional Security

Organization of American States

1889 F Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20006, USATel: +1 (202) 458-3178 ~ Fax: +1(202)458-3658