First ‘Franz Trautmann lecture’ about drug policy at ISSDP conference

June 9, 2018

John-Peter Kools of the Trimbos Institute had the honor to present the first ‘Franz Trautmann Memorial Lecture’ during the ISSDP conference in Canada. He addressed the need for global reform of the current approach due to fast changing drug markets. Two years ago, on June 11, Franz Trautmann died unexpectedly; June 9th was his birthday.

From May 16 to 18 the annual conference of the ‘International Society for the Study of Drug Policy’ (ISSDP) was held in Vancouver, Canada. The 250 participants from all over the world discussed their work as well as recent developments in the area of drug trends and policies. This year was the first time that the program of the three-day conference was concluded with the ‘Franz Trautmann Memorial Lecture.’ This lecture was established to pay tribute to Franz Trautmann, who died in 2016, for his work and his contributions to the conference. The keynote lecture offers the invited speaker the opportunity to share his or her vision about current affairs in the area of drug policy. The son and partner of Franz Trautmann attended this first edition of the lecture.

John-Peter Kools about global drug policy
John-Peter Kools delivered the lecture on behalf of the Trimbos Institute. The lecture was titled: ‘Advancing science and drug policy in times of crises: amidst supervised consumption facilities, prison needle exchange & coercive treatment and the death penalty’. He addressed the current challenges in the fast changing drug markets and the need for a global reform of the current approach.

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