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High level officials of National Drug Agencies from the English speaking Caribbean will gather for the Fifth Bi-annual Meeting of the Caribbean Observatories on Drugs from November 12 – 13, 2013 in Saint Lucia.  The meeting is convened by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization States (CICAD/OAS) as part of a programme to address the functional relationship between information and research and drug policies within the Caribbean.

The meeting will focus primarily on the results and analysis of recent research projects undertaken in the Caribbean, country reports on significant events and emerging trends of the drug phenomena and will also examine results of best practice programmes. This will be done with the aim of developing an adaptive policy framework which each participating country may use to make recommendations at the country level. The meeting is also intended to be the training ground to build capacity in the use of data in the formulation of policies in respect of drug demand and supply reduction, control measures, treatment and international co-operation.

Delegates at the meeting are drawn from fourteen countries of the Caribbean region, including representatives of research units from agencies such as the University of the West Indies, St. George’s University and the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute (CDARI) based in Saint Lucia are expected to participate in the two-day meeting.

The meeting takes place at the St. Lucia by Rex Resorts in Gros Islet.

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