Our Policy Approach
EURADs approach may be described as a third way between the 'war on drugs' approach and drug liberalization. We are not against the user. Our overarching purpose is not ideological, religious or cultural but rather the welfare and health of both individual and society.
Our Policy Approach
Eurad thinks preventing harm is always better than repairing - both in terms of human suffering, effectiveness and the cost involved. Prevention and long term follow up towards recovery and rehabilitation needs a far greater emphasis on today's drug policy agenda.
EURAD supports the UN drug conventions and the universal prohibition of narcotic drugs. The purpose of prohibition is not to penalize but to prevent the use of these very harmful substances in society.
Drug Policies Need: A More Comprehensive Approach
Drug policies is commonly divided in two: demand reduction and supply reduction. However we think it more adequate to talk about the continuum rather than the dividing drug policy in two compartments. The continuum starts off at the site of production and cultivation, through manufacturing, trafficking and sales to where it meets the consumer. The aim of policy up to this point is solely one of prevention.
The synergies of a comprehensive approach are more important than the single interventions. There are tendencies to view attitudes, behavior and environmental factors such as availability and the law as separate domains and phenomena – while the way they interact is often neglected.
Eurad thinks harm reduction has its place in the tool box of a recovery and prevention oriented strategy. However, we want to see a more in debt debate on the strengths, limitations, and unintended negative consequences of harm reduction in order to arrive to a better understand of harm reduction in an integrated policy.
Drug Policies Need: More focus on the social dimension
Eurad emphasizes the social dimension of the drug problem, the generational dimension and the long term perspective. Nobody becomes a drug user overnight. There are push and pull factors and there is the chemical impact of the drug itself. There are cultural and social factors; there are psychological and irrational factors and not least biological. But for the bulk of the problematic drug users the social problems in childhood is common trait.
Without a proper understanding of these three factors and not least how they interact one will not understand the causes of drug use and the way the drug related problems develop either individually nor how it spreads by means of social relations.
Finally, without the proper understanding of the social causes of the drug problem any treatment objective like social integration, recovery or rehabilitation will be difficult to achieve.