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Global Impact of the Rome Consensus 2.0: A Commitment to Humanitarian Drug Policies

The Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative has a significant global impact thanks to its signatories’ dedicated efforts and growing commitment. This network of advocates tirelessly works towards a humanitarian approach to drug policies, embodying the spirit of the Rome Consensus 2.0.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Threats of Synthetic Drugs

On May 14th, the RC2 Secretary participated in a pivotal event organized by the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) at the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. This international meeting brought together leaders and experts from various organizations dedicated to drug policies, including Villa Maraini, Knowmad Institut, and the C4 Foundation.

The event highlighted the urgent need for integrated strategies to combat the growing threat of synthetic drugs, emphasizing the importance of collaboration among law enforcement, public health, and human rights sectors.

Key Perspectives and Debates

Thom Browne, CEO of the Colombo Plan, presented a comprehensive analysis of the global synthetic drug crisis, emphasizing the need for early intervention and the expansion of court diversion schemes. These initiatives support and educate individuals from the outset, empowering them to make informed decisions. Browne also underscored the crucial role of naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses, noting its expanding access and life-saving impact.

Strengthening International Collaboration

The event facilitated discussions on collaborative strategies to address the synthetic drug crisis, fostering relationships and reviewing vital awareness initiatives. The Rome Consensus 2.0 network plays a fundamental role in these efforts, bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences to develop and implement effective and humane drug policies worldwide.

Acknowledgements and Continued Commitment

We express our deepest gratitude to PTACC UK, Lord Mancroft, and all the partners and friends who made this critical meeting possible.

The Way Forward: Education, Awareness, and Policy Development

The global drug landscape is rapidly evolving, with a notable increase in the production and use of synthetic drugs. Addressing this crisis requires comprehensive strategies for monitoring, prevention, and treatment. Education and awareness, coupled with robust public health policies, are essential to mitigate the risks associated with these substances.

The Rome Consensus 2.0 network continues to drive these initiatives, ensuring humanitarian principles guide global drug policies. We strive to create a safer and more just world through collaboration, innovation, and unwavering commitment.

You can read and sign the manifesto here for more details on the Rome Consensus 2.0 initiatives.