A free public event - ‘The Dilemmas of Drug Policy: Global to Local’

On Wednesday 19 February, Swansea University will host a film screening and panel discussion arranged by the Global Drug Policy Observatory.

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Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO)

Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University‌


4:30pm:           Documentary screening: Raw Opium: Pain, Pleasure, Profits (2010); Director: Peter Findlay

6:00pm:           Interval

6:30pm:           Panel Discussion and audience Q+A – ‘The Dilemmas of Drug Policy: Global to Local’

Raw Opium documentaryRaw Opium is a wide-ranging feature documentary about a commodity that has tremendous power – both to ease pain and to destroy lives. Building upon many of the issues raised within it, the accompanying panel discussion aims to explore the complexities of the illicit market in heroin and other controlled drugs as an area of public policy concern.  Reflecting the truly inter-disciplinary nature and expansive transnational scope of this topic, discussion will give attention to the challenges to policies and programmes within production, transit and consumer markets, including those in places as distant as Afghanistan and those closer to home.  Underpinned by the GDPO’s belief in the need for an evidence and rights based approach to policy formulation, the panel will question law enforcement dominated strategies and engage with debates about health-oriented approaches and shifts away from the so-called ‘war on drugs’.  

Panel members

Professor Julia Buxton (Chair)GDPO Senior Research Officer and Professor of Comparative Politics, School of Public Policy at the Central European University, Budapest

Baroness Molly Meacher - Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform

Ifor Glyn – Chief Executive, SANDS CYMRU

Mike Trace - Chief Executive, The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), Chair, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) steering group, former Deputy UK Anti-Drug Coordinator

Professor David Bewley-Taylor – GDPO Director and Professor of International Relations and Public Policy, Swansea University

Venue:  Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University.   See building 32 here.

**Free admission; all individuals aged 16+ are very welcome to attend.