Preventing and Treating Illegal Drug Use

Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Director of the National Drug Control Policy, right; shakes hands with Russian Federation head of anti-drug policy Viktor Ivanov, after a bilateral discussion during the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, in March 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Alyce Ahn serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of Anticrime Programs.

Last week marked a significant reaffirmation for international drug control policy as 1,200 delegates, representing 120 countries and over 50 civil society organizations, convened in Vienna, Austria, for the 55th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). I had the honor to serve as part of the U.S. delegation led by Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Brian Nichols, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Over the course of the week, the U.S. delegation played a leading role in the unanimous adoption of 12 resolutions on issues ranging from preventing overdose deaths to addressing specific regional challenges to facilitating alternatives to imprisonment. We held more than 20 bilateral and multilateral meetings with other countries, led a panel… more »

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