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Promising Practices in Drug Treatment: Findings From Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia

The State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) supports demand reduction efforts overseas to combat the rising consumption of illicit drugs around the world. In 1978, the INL developed the International Demand Reduction (IDR) program to assist foreign countries in mobilizing their public and private sectors to support national narcotic control policies and programs. The IDR program was enhanced in 1990 to assist foreign countries with the development of self-sustaining prevention, education, and treatment programs. The current goal of the program is to strengthen the level of determination of foreign Governments to fight illegal drug abuse and to increase the resources allocated to this effort.

In support of these efforts, Danya received a grant from the INL to conduct an assessment of drug treatment and aftercare efforts as identified by the INL. Drug treatment programs in Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia were examined to identify promising programs and practices, and to assess lessons learned.

The project involved four phases:

  • An initial gathering of background information;
  • Fieldwork in the selected countries to obtain information from public organizations and nongovernmental organizations;
  • Report generation to summarize findings by country and across countries or sites; and
  • A descriptive report for foreign treatment programs that highlights accomplishments and results.

The information presented in the following reports highlights key study accomplishments in Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

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Last updated: February 11, 2004
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Disclaimer: This project was funded, in part, through grant number S-OPRAQ-00-H-N008. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendatioins expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State.