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Policy Reports and Briefing Papers

Between 2004 and 2009, Amanda Feilding and Mike Trace co-directed what was then called the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) – a partnership between the Beckley Foundation and DrugScope (at the time UK’s leading independent centre of expertise on drugs). The BFDPP was conceived to be an initiative dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of the effectiveness of national and international drug policies. The aim of the programme was to assemble and disseminate material that supported the rational consideration of complex drug policy issues, leading to a more effective management of the widespread use of psychoactive substances.

At the time, the BFDPP chaired the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global network of NGOs and professional networks who work together to promote objective debate around national and international drug policies, and provide advice and support to governments in the search for effective policies and programmes.

Dame Ruth Runciman (former Chair of the UK Mental Health Act Commission) noted that the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) was the first global initiative driven by the non-governmental sector that recognised the centrality of analysis of the evidence base to drafting effective drug policy development.

As part of this programme, Amanda Feilding and Mike Trace commissioned, wrote or edited a series of reports and briefing papers that provided an overview and analysis of drug policy effectiveness around the world. Their primary function was not to give answers and draw conclusions, but to inform and facilitate the debate on drug policy options, which could reach beyond a small group of experts and engage politicians, opinion formers, and a wider public. Although these reports are now a few years old, much of the information and analysis they contain remains as pertinent now as it was when they were originally published.

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Roadmaps to Regulation: Coca, Cocaine, and Derivatives

Amanda Feilding (Convener and Editor) with Paul Gootenberg, Ricardo Vargas, and Hugo Cabieses (Section Coordinators), forthcoming

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Roadmaps to Regulation: Cannabis, Psychedelics, MDMA, and NPS

Amanda Feilding (Coordinating Editor) and Nicola Singleton, with additional input from Alex Stevens, forthcoming

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Políticas Sobre el Cannabis

Robin Room, Benedikt Fisher, Wayne Hall, Simon Lenton, Peter Reuter, Diana Rossi, Raúl Alejandro Corda (Authors), Manuel Casals (Translator), Amanda Feilding, Thomas C Schelling (Contributors), 2014

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Illicit Drug Markets and Dimensions of Violence in Guatemala

Amanda Feilding, Project Director; Corina Giacomello, Field Researcher, 2013

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Paths for Reform: Proposed Options for Alternative Drug Policies in Guatemala

Amanda Feilding, Project Director; Corina Giacomello, Field Researcher, 2013

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Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

Stephen Pudney, Emilia Del Bono, Mark Bryan, 2013

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Roadmaps to Reforming the UN Drug Conventions

Edited by Robin Room; Contributions by Robin Room and Sarah Mackay, 2012

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Rethinking US Drug Policy

Peter Hakim, 2011

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Briefing paper: Drug Use: Knowledge, Culture And Context.

Christopher Hallam and Dave Bewley-Taylor, January 2010

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Briefing paper: What Can We Learn From Sweden’s Drug Policy Experience?

Christopher Hallam, January 2010

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Briefing paper: Comparing the Drug Situation Across Countries: Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities.

Louisa Degenhardt, Christopher Hallam and Dave Bewley-Taylor, September 2009

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Briefing paper: The Swiss Four Pillars Policy: An Evolution From Local Experimentation to Federal Law

Jean-Félix Savary, Chris Hallam and Dave Bewley-Taylor, May 2009

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The Incarceration of Drug Offenders: An Overview

Dave Bewley-Taylor, Chris Hallam, Rob Allen, March 2009

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Drug Markets and Urban Violence: Can tackling one reduce the other?

Dave Bewley-Taylor, Alex Stevens, Pablo Dreyfus, January 2009

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Briefing paper: An Overview of Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

Dave Bewley-Taylor and Chris Hallam, October 2008

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Briefing paper: Ten Years of Plan Colombia: An Analytic Assessment

Beatriz Acevedo, with Dave Bewley-Taylor and Coletta Youngers, September 2008

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Briefing paper: Drug Control in Georgia: Drug Testing and the Reduction of Drug Use?

David Otiashvili, Péter Sározi, Gábor L Somogyi, May 2008

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Understanding Drug Markets And How To Influence Them

Laura Wilson, Alex Stevens, 2008

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Report of the Global Cannabis Commission

Robin Room, Wayne Hall, Peter Reuter, Benedikt Fischer, and Simon Lenton. Convened by Amanda Feilding, 2008

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Recalibrating the Regime: The need for a human rights-based approach to international drug policy

Maureen Meyer with contributions from Coletta Youngers and Dave Bewley-Taylor, February 2008

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Briefing paper: The Effects of Decriminalization of Drug Use in Portugal

Caitlin Hughes, Alex Stevens, December 2007

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Briefing paper: At a Crossroads: Drug Trafficking, Violence and the Mexican State

Maureen Meyer, with contributions from Coletta Youngers and Dave Bewley-Taylor, November 2007

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Briefing paper: The Australian “Heroin Shortage” Six Years On: What, if any, are the Implications for Drug Policy?

Louisa Degenhardt, Carolyn Day, Wayne Hall, Dave R Bewley-Taylor, July 2007

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Prisons & Drugs: a global review of incarceration, drug use and drug services

Kate Dolan, Effat Merghati Khoei, Cinzia Brentari, Alex Stevens, June 2007

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Briefing paper: Report of the Third Beckley International Drug Policy Seminar

Mike Trace, Gábor Somogyi, Christopher Hallam, Dave Bewley-Taylor, January 2007

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The funding of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; an unfinished jigsaw

Dave Bewley-Taylor, Mike Trace, November 2006

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Treatment for Dependent Drug Use: A guide for policymakers

Alex Stevens, Christopher Hallam, Mike Trace, September 2006

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Monitoring Drug Policy Outcomes: The measurement of drug related harm

Marcus Roberts, Dave Bewley-Taylor, Mike Trace, July 2006

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Cannabis and Mental Health Responses to the Emerging Evidence

Neil Hunt, Simon Lenton, John Witton, April 2006

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The International Narcotics Control Board: Watchdog or Guardian of the UN Drug Control Conventions?

Dave Bewley-Taylor, Mike Trace, February 2006

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Briefing paper: Drug Policy in India: Compounding Harm?

Molly Charles, Dave Bewley-Taylor, Amanda Feilding, October 2005

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Facing the future: The Challenge For National and International Drug Policy

Marcus Roberts, Dave Bewley-Taylor, Mike Trace, October 2005

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Briefing paper: UNAIDS & The Prevention of HIV Infection Through Injecting Drug Use

Mike Trace, Diane Riley, Gerry Stimson, September 2005

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Briefing paper: The Rise Of Harm Reduction in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Bijan Nissaramanesh, Mike Trace, Marcus Roberts, July 2005

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Briefing paper: Incarceration of Drug Offenders: Costs and Impacts

Dave Bewley-Taylor, Mike Trace, Alex Stevens, June 2005

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Reducing Drug Related Crime: An Overview of the Global Evidence

Alex Stevens, Mike Trace, Dave Bewley-Taylor, June 2005

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Reducing Drug Related Harms to Health: A Review of the Global Evidence

Neil Hunt, Mike Trace, Dave Bewley-Taylor, February 2005

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Briefing paper: Decriminalisation of Drugs in Portugal: A Current Overview

Laurence Allen, Mike Trace, Axel Klein, 2005

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Law Enforcement and Supply Reduction

Marcus Roberts, Axel Klein, Mike Trace, January 2005

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Briefing paper: Thailand’s ‘War on Drugs’

Marcus Roberts, Mike Trace, Axel Klein, December 2004

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Briefing paper: Upheavals in the Australian Drug Market: Heroin Drought, Stimulant Flood

William Bush, Marcus Roberts, Mike Trace, August 2004

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Briefing paper: Drug Consumption Rooms

Marcus Roberts, Axel Klein, Mike Trace, August 2004

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Assessing Drug Policy: Principles & Practice

Marcus Roberts, Axel Klein, Mike Trace, July 2004

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Briefing Paper: Drug Policy and the HIV Pandemic in Russia and Ukraine

Axel Klein, Marcus Roberts, Mike Trace, May 2004

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Briefing Paper: Reclassification of Cannabis in the United Kingdom

Mike Trace, Axel Klein, Marcus Roberts, May 2004

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Towards a Review of Global Policies on Illegal Drugs

Marcus Roberts, Axel Klein, Mike Trace, May 2004

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