Registration, tapas, welcome drink and opening by Ina Roll Spinnangr, Association for Safer Drug Policies.
Norwegian and Swedish drug policies in a European context – preventing use at the expense of preventing harms.
How can we better prevent addiction
Many – from all walks of life - rely on drugs and alcohol when times get rough. Legions take refuge in a gamut of harmful escapes: promiscuous sex; unhealthy eating, compulsive gambling, religious cults – to name just a few. There is convincing evidence that prevention of these age-old traps can be achieved by creating a multisectoral “buzz” around healthy means to activate the brain’s “hot spots” for pleasure. Effective models from the US and Iceland are described.
Harm Reduction and the need for Drug Policy Reform
We do not become ourselves by ourselves.
Societal challenges and identity.
15 minute break
Conversation on stage
What are the key elements of a harm prevention-based drug policy? Questions from the audience
Registration, coffee, conversations
Prof. David Nutt
Curbing use of the most harmful drugs by providing safer alternatives.
A major perverse effect of prohibition is to lead to the development of more potent alternative versions of drugs that are usually more harmful. A rational solution to this problem is therefore to make available safer alternatives.
How lack of regulation makes drugs more harmful
30 minute break
The introduction of the UK’s first walk-in drug checking service appeared to come out of nowhere to the media, but in reality it came off the back of years of negotiations and non-public testing, building trust with authorities and learning about the challenges that might be faced. As non-profit “The Loop” enters its second year, new technology and increasing attention bring new challenges, helping the public to stay safe when they choose to use drugs. Guy will discuss the chemistry used by the Loop to enable 30 minute test results, some of the scientific and legal challenges, and the surprising factor that initially seemed like a regulatory hindrance but ended up being one the service’s most valuable assets.
Conversation on stage with all the speakers
How can drugs be regulated in a harm reduction perspective?
Debate / conversation
Conversations among Scandinavian representatives about what should be done to improve the harm reduction perspective in the Nordic countries and prevent drug related problems.
In this panel: Tuukka Tammi (Editor-in-Chief and Senior Researcher at National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland), Kari Lossius (Director, Bergen Clinics Foundation, Bergen, Norway), Nanna Worm Gotfredsen (Lawyer), Bryndis Bjork Asgeirsdottir (Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University, Iceland), Theodore Goldberg (Professor of Sociology, Stockholm, Sweden).
The end of official program
People can arrange private meetings at Gamle Museumeet, we have the location until 4.00PM.
After the main program
There will be an unofficial social happening/party at a venue at Skippergata 22, 0154 Oslo, from 20:00 on Friday. Time to get to know each other more after a hectic day in the conference.