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Rome Consensus 2.0 launches video series for International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

There is still so much we can achieve together and this year the Rome Consensus 2.0 will be joining the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, raise awareness and remember without stigma those who have died. The campaign has been launched globally by Penington Institute (Australia), International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day and Rome Consensus 2.0 spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

Check out the Rome Consensus 2.0 video series for #IOAD2021: here.

For more information about Rome Consensus 2.0 on International Overdose Day 2021: here

ROME CONSENSUS & Support don't punish on world drug day 2021


On June 23, 2021 the Rome Consensus 2.0 partnership presented an online event: “Humanitarian Drug Policy across 5 continents” as part of a co-branded campaign that Rome Consensus presented under the theme Support Don’t Punish towards United Nations’ World Drug Day 2021. Panelists from Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Lebanon, USA, Ukraine and Italy shared best practices, opinions and challenges about stigmatization and criminalization of people who use drugs, access to treatment, diversion and pre-arrest diversion. 




The Rome Consensus 2.0 alliance presented a virtual side event at the United Nations 64th Commission on Narcotic Drugs on April 16th, 2021: “Moving beyond the divisions in order to develop humanitarian drug policies: the role of the Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative”.

388 people registered to attend the event an audience of 207 participants from all over the world joined the panel. During the event all seven speakers agreed that the primary objective of humanitarian drug policy is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity by fighting social, legal and cultural criminalization and stigmatization of people with substance use disorders. An essential step in achieving it is to overcome the false dichotomies between harm reduction, prevention, treatment and recovery. 

The shared goal of the statement is to reduce the health and social harms caused by non-science based drug policies that do not address issues related to reducing drug use and the attendant linkages between drugs and crime. Rather than punitive approaches, the Rome Consensus 2.0 calls for prevention, treatment, harm reduction, medication assisted recovery, and adoption of the newly emerging practice of deflection from arrest.

We were pleased and honored to see such a large number of participants from all over the world including many Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, UN agencies, Government bodies, NGO’s, universities, health and social workers, law enforcement experts and human rights activists.

If you or your organization want to bring your commitment in supporting the upcoming Rome Consensus 2.0 events, please send an email to: