May 21, 2013

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Summits of the Americas Secretariat

Summits of the Americas Secretariat

- In brief -


Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas

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...that the retail drug markets in the Americas are estimated to be worth US$150 billion? The OAS Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas presented in Colombia on May 17, 2013 examines this and other issues in an effort to explore new approaches for responding more effectively to the drug problem. It consists of two parts: the Analytical Report, which looks into the consumption and business of illicit drugs in the Americas and its effects on the health and security of its citizens and the Scenarios Report, which considers four different scenarios for confronting the illicit drug trade, and an examination of the paths that the phenomenon could take in the hemisphere in the coming years. This OAS report commissioned in 2012 by the Heads of State and Government at the VI Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia consolidated contributions and opinions from public officials, academic experts, political leaders, and specialists from the member countries.

VI Summit of the Americas - Closing Statement

“We, the region's leaders, held an invaluable discussion on the global drug problem. We agreed on the need to analyze the results of the current policy in the Americas and to explore new approaches to strengthen this struggle and to become more effective. We have issued the OAS a mandate to that end.”
President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos


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