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Rome Consensus 2.0 in Brazil: Presentation and Exploration of the National Profile

Introduction to the 3rd International Drug Policy Forum in Curitiba

On June 13-14, 2024, the 3rd International Drug Policy Forum in Curitiba was the stage for the presentation of the Rome Consensus 2.0 and the Brazil Country Profile, as part of the Global National Drug Policy Review. Bishop Martin Díaz, representing the Knowmad Institut and the Rome Consensus 2.0, delivered a compelling speech that emphasized the need for a humanitarian approach in drug policies.

A Humanitarian Approach to Drug Policy

The mission of the Rome Consensus 2.0 is to promote a humanitarian approach in global drug policy, ensuring ethical, evidence-based, and compassionate care for individuals with drug use disorders. This strategy aims to enhance well-being, reduce crime rates, and save public funds. Bishop Díaz highlighted that a humanitarian approach is essential for bridging the gaps in Brazil’s drug policy, which faces significant challenges due to polarized political views and inconsistent implementation of harm reduction measures.

Key Insights from the Brazil Country Profile

The Brazil Country Profile, part of the Global National Drug Policy Review, provides an in-depth analysis of Brazil’s current drug policies and their alignment with the principles of the Rome Consensus 2.0. The profile highlights the need for:

  1. Investment in Evidence-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs: Expanding access to culturally appropriate, scientifically proven treatment options.
  2. Addressing Social Determinants of Drug Use: Tackling underlying issues such as poverty, unemployment, and social inequality.
  3. Enhancing Community Engagement and Empowerment: Involving affected communities in policy development and implementation.
  4. Promoting Evidence-Based Approaches: Basing policies on scientific evidence rather than ideology.
  5. International Cooperation: Collaborating globally to share resources and best practices.

Moving Forward

Bishop Díaz’s presentation was a call to action for policymakers, professionals, and community members to work together towards a more humane and effective drug policy in Brazil. By aligning with the principles of the Rome Consensus 2.0 and focusing on evidence-based, compassionate care, we can create sustainable solutions that prioritize health, well-being, and social inclusion.