The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) will host drug policy representatives from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe for a COPOLAD meeting of National Drug Observatories at the Courtyard Marriott, 1 Park Close, Kingston 5.
COPOLAD (Cooperation Programme between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies) is a partnership cooperation programme between the EU and CELAC, aiming to improve the coherence, balance and impact of drugs policies, through the exchange of mutual experiences, bi-regional coordination and the promotion of multi-sectoral, comprehensive and coordinated responses.
The meeting will focus on capacity building of member states in qualitative and ethnographic research as a complementary tool to deepen the knowledge of drug related behaviours and problems. Participants will also be exposed to the implications of the Public Health approach and the role of the National Drugs Observatories in the process.
Representatives are present from over 32 countries including Cyprus, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal and Poland. Other guests are from the Caribbean and Latin America. The particpants are professionals in drug control with technical and decision making responsibilites for drug policies in their countries.
At the end of the training course particpants will increase their technical capacity to:
1. Identify the implications of the Public Health Approach and the role of the National Drug Observatories in the process
2. Know the different research methods in epidemiology and how it applies to population studies
3. Identify and apply different indirect estimation methods for hidden or small populations
4. Know different options for qualitative and ethnographic research as a complementary tool to deepen the knowledge of drug related behaviours and problems.
The agency is pleased to host such an important event for Jamaica and the Region.