Monday, May 19
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 - 10:00 Grand opening
  • H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden will open the forum
  • Maria Larsson, Minister for Children and the Elderly, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm
  • Kian Reme, Chairman, European Cities Against Drugs
  • Sven-Olov Carlsson, International President, World Federation Against Drugs
  • Kevin Sabet, Executive Director, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Moderator: Marika Griehsel, Journalist and independent documentary filmmaker
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary session - Concurrent session with ECAD Mayors` Conference
  • Madeline H. Meier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, USA
  • Antonio Maria Costa, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Jamey H. Hueston, Judge, First District Court, Maryland, USA
  • Neil McKeganey, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Drug Misuse, UK.
  • David K. Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, USA
Moderator: Marika Griehsel, Journalist and independent documentary filmmaker
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Special sessions
1 - Cannabis [Room: Magasinet]
The debate on cannabis is intense in many countries in the world, and debates have been initiated about legalizing cannabis. What are the potential consequences of legalization, and what about the public? Speakers from different parts of the world present their views.
  • Solomon Rataemane, Head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • Martien Kooyman, M.D., Ph.D., psychiatrist and psychotherapist, the Netherlands.
  • Kat Belendiuk, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, USA
Moderator: Per Johansson, Secretary General, National Association for a Drug-free Society, Sweden
2 - Drug Treatment Courts [Room: Nobelterrassen]
How can we build alliances between the health system and the criminal justice system? Drug courts are widely spread and a successful model for these alliances. There will be presentations of specific models and an overview over the 10 key components on why they work.
  • Jamey H. Hueston, Judge, First District Court, Maryland, USA
  • Jorn Dangreau, Judge, Ghent, Belgium
  • Annemie Serlippens, Prosecutor, Ghent, Belgium
  • Maxine Ellis, Judge, Kingston, Jamaica
Moderator: Robert L. DuPont, M.D., President, Institute of Behaviour and Health, USA
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 Special sessions
1 - Latest research: Cannabis [Room: Magasinet]
Professor Meier will present the study “Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife”, based on results from the Dunedin study.

Professor Madras will focus on how cannabis smoking can affect the behavior and brains of their offspring. Preclinical tests studies show that the use of cannabis before pregnancy may have adverse effects on future children.
  • Madeline H. Meier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, USA
  • Bertha K. Madras, Professor of Psychobiology, Harvard Medical School, USA
Moderator: Fred Nyberg, Ph.D., Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden
2 - Gender [Room: Nobelterrassen]
In what way and how much do we need to streamline treatment and prevention from a gender perspective? Is there a risk that we adapt to stereotypes of how men and women relate to illicit drug use rather than actual behavior? New research will be presented and there will be a discussion about how to apply this knowledge to practical work.
  • Fredrik Spak, Associate Professor and specialist in general psychiatry and social medicine, Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Lotten Sunna, Parliamentary candidate for the Feminist Initiative and Managing Director of Ulfshyttan Treatment Center
Moderator: Maj-Inger Klingvall, Chairman, Women’s Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues (WOCAD), Sweden

Tuesday, May 20
08:30 - 10:00 Special sessions
1 - Drug situation in the world; overview from NGOs [Room: Magasinet]
How are governments and NGOs working to solve multidimensional drug problems in different parts of the world? The speakers will focus both on the specific regional challenges and their role in a global context.
  • Nelson Baziwelo Zakeyu, Drug Fight Malawi, Malawi
  • José Ángel Prado García, Centros de Integración Juvenil, A.C., Mexico
  • Miss Asia Ashraf, Sunny Trust International, Pakistan
  • Jón Sigfússon, Youth in Europe, Iceland
Moderator: Anna Carlstedt, PhD, President, Swedish National Forum on Volontary Social Work
2 - New drugs – new legislation? [Room: Nobelterrassen]
New psychoactive substances are easily available on the market; they are legal in spite of their danger. What can legislation do to keep up? In order to protect the health of individuals who use NPS, New Zealand has decided to regulate the market. It is now possible to sell these drugs legally in New Zealand – if you prove that they pose no more than a low risk of harm to individuals who use it. A global overview and a Swedish perspective will also be presented.
  • Mike Sabin, Member of parliament, New Zealand
  • Martin Raithelhuber, Illicit Synthetic Drugs Expert, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Peter Hultén, General Secretary of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists at Swedish Poisons Information Centre
Moderator: Jonas Hartelius, Special advisor, Carnegie Institute, Sweden
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:00 Special sessions
1 - The road to UNGASS 2016 [Room: Magasinet]
The global community prepares for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in 2016. How can NGOs be involved in the process?
  • Carmen Masias-Claux, Executive President of National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs, Peru
  • Michel Perron, Chairman, Vienna NGO Committee
  • Ralf Löfstedt, Head of section, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Richard J. Baum, Senior Policy Analyst, Office or National Drug Control Policy, USA
Moderator: Gabriel Romanus, Former minister for Social Affairs, Sweden
2 - Recovery [Room: Nobelterrassen]
Recovery is more and more becoming the aim of treatment in Europe today. How do we create the broad package of support that results in recovery?

Kooyman: How do drug treatment and criminal justice system work together in and after prison?
McKeganey: The challenge of ensuring that drug treatment services are focused on recovery.
  • Martien Kooyman, M.D., Ph.D., psychiatrist and psychotherapist, the Netherlands.
  • Neil McKeganey, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Drug Misuse, UK.
Moderator: Boro Goic, Recovered Users Network, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Plenary session - Concurrent session with ECAD Mayors` Conference
  • Raymond Yans, Member, International Narcotics Control Board
  • Bertha K. Madras, Professor of Psychobiology, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Carmen Masias-Claux, Executive President of National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs, Peru
  • Rogers Kasirye, Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link, Uganda.
Moderator: Marika Griehsel, Journalist and independent documentary filmmaker
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 Grand finale
  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse, USA
  • Mike Sabin, Member of parliament, New Zealand
  • Robert L. DuPont, M.D., President, Institute of Behaviour and Health, USA
  • Kian Reme, Chairman, European Cities Against Drugs
Moderator: Marika Griehsel, Journalist and independent documentary filmmaker