OUR MISSION

To contribute to the construction and application of knowledge on drug related problems, within the framework of human rights.

OBJECTIVES

To favor research development and studies about drug related problems from a scientific, interdisciplinary and ethical perspective.

To design, carry out, assess, and evaluate preventative plans and programs in diverse institutional and community environments.

To disseminate rigorous information about legal and illegal drugs as part of a coordinated effort to steer public opinion towards a more reflective and responsible vision of drug use and of people who use drugs.

To promote the essential assistance and accessibility of people affected by drug related problems by creating, strengthening, and supporting diverse friendly comprehensive

To facilitate training of professional human resources as well as peer educators and outreach workers.

To advocate for the permanent exchange and reciprocal collaboration and cooperation between institutions, investigators, and other social actors with the goal of integrating networks and working groups.

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Recognition as a key civil society actor with technical solvency, responsibility and management transparency.

A key organization working on harm reduction and drug policy, contributing to networking, advocacy, research, training, production and distribution of information, both nationally and throughout Latin America.

Investigations that have provided relevant epidemiological information on drug use, blood borne and sexual transmitted infections, and mental health problems, in collaboration with other research institutions and academic centers.

Research focused on policies and interventions for people who use drugs, towards improving their accessibility to care services.

• Generators and organizers of 16 National Conferences and 6 Latin American Conferences on Drug Policies.

Information on the impact of criminal legislation and legal practice on drugs, both in national and regional studies.

• Innovative intervention programs that respond to the needs of their recipients, among others: Program “Locos de Avellaneda” aimed at people who inject drugs (1999-2009). NTSZ “NoTeSientasZarpado” program aimed at adolescents from vulnerable environments (in development since 2012). Project attention at parties “PAF: un cachetazo al mal viaje” designed for attendees to electronic festivals (running since 2016).

•  Support delivered to programs and interventions of governmental and non-governmental organizations by means of supervision, training and technical transfer processes.

• Actions for prevention, promotion, risks and harm reduction directed to members of educational communities, social, religious, sports and business organizations.