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Conference Videos: A new approach to drug policy to promote health and reduce crime

New Approach to Drug Policy conference

The Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force in partnership with the Mid-West Regional Drug & Alcohol Forum and the HSE recently hosted a regional conference in Cork.

The conference was entitled: 'A New Approach to Drug Policy to Promote Health and Reduce Crime.'

Conference speakers

Speakers included:

Conference videos

Below are videos of presentations by the three speakers listed above.

Speaker's biographies are included at the bottom of the page.

Video 1: Dr João Goulão: New Approach to Drug Policy -The Portuguese Experience


Video 2: Amanda Feilding: Moving Towards Regulation - A Paradigm Shift


Video 3: Tony Lloyd: A New Role for Drug Law Enforcement



Dr João Goulão

Dr João Goulão is the Director-General of The General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) in Lisbon, Portugal.

SICAD’s main responsibility is to promote the reduction of the use of licit and illicit substances and the decrease of addictions across Portugal.

SICAD develops universal prevention strategies across different state institutions (including schools), supports harm reduction mechanisms and collects the latest information and statistical data for submission to the Management Board for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Dr. Goulão was originally a family doctor and has become a leader of Portugal’s drug policy reform movement.

He was part of the expert panel that developed the initial recommendations for the decriminalisation of drugs presented in 1998.

He graduated from the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine in 1978, and became a general practitioner in 1983.

He joined the Taipas Centre in Lisbon when it was established in 1987 by the Portuguese Ministry of Health for the treatment, recovery and social reintegration of drug addicts.

In 1997, he became the national director of the network of drug treatment centres in Portugal. He is currently the Chairman of EMCDDA, also based in Lisbon.

Amanda Feilding

Amanda Feilding is the Director of the Beckley Foundation, which she founded in 1998 with two main aims: firstly, to investigate consciousness and its changing states and secondly, to reform global drug policy by developing evidence-based, health-oriented, harm reducing, cost-effective drug policies which respect human rights.

Amanda is a leading light whose work over the last 30 years has played a vital role in bringing about the renaissance of psychedelic research.

She has initiated much ground-breaking research and co-authored over 30 scientific papers.

The Beckley Foundation has been at the forefront of the development of a scientific evidence-base for drug policy.

Through a series of pivotal international seminars at the House of Lords, over 40 much-cited books and reports and numerous meetings with thought-leaders, academics, policy-makers and the public, Amanda has ensured that the Beckley Foundation has led the movement for drug policy reform.

Tom Lloyd

Tom Lloyd served for 25 years with the Metropolitan Police Service and retired as Chief Constable in 2005.

He has worked in the drugs policy field since 2006.

He has presented to many international law enforcement and government officials and NGOs, and at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2009.

In May 2010 he was invited to talk at the Washington Office on Latin America and also presented at the Trans-National Institute conference held in Washington D.C.

Tom will discuss the envisaged Role of Law enforcement in drugs policy reform.



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