Per Johansson

Special Advisor
Per Johansson

Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Graduated from teacher’s college 1978. Worked in the construction business during the 1980s. Has worked as a Secretary General for the National Association for a Drug-free Society (RNS) since the early 1990s.

Per came across the problem of drug abuse while working a year at a mental hospital in between high school and college. In 1979 he came in contact with RNS and met Professor Nils Bejerot, psychiatrist, who founded the organization. He became an enthusiastic volunteer working for RNS.

Per took part in organizing the First World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm in September 2008. Based on that experience four of the Swedish NGOs that organized the Forum founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, in 2009. Since then four more Forums have been arranged – in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Per Johansson has taken an active role in making WFAD an important player in the world from his position as the Secretary of the Board.

Per’s expertise when it comes to drug prevention is mainly around drug policy in relation to public opinion, which has been a very lively process in Sweden for 50 years where the debate has been going back and forth from harm reduction oriented to recovery oriented.