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Food for thought
This page is intended to provide you with speeches, presentations and other food for thought inspired by and from information and relevant documents on a selection of major events, conferences, seminars, round tables as well as works, publications, studies organised or elaborated within the different Pompidou Group sectors of activities.

Is drug policy a choice between a rat cage and a rat paradise?

Reflections by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking - 26 June.

“If we are confronted with different décors for drug-prone stress, neglect and hopelessness, against a possible backdrop of trauma – should the response not address the root cause with empathy, understanding and human warmth (the stereotypical: confront drugs with hugs) rather than stigmatisation and punishment?”

The topic has been covered in different languages. See the links below:


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Tony Verachtert is a Transnational Crime Project Officer. He focuses on smuggling through airports, online trafficking and precursors which are the basic ingredients used to manufacture drugs. Mr. Verachtert  described the work of the Pompidou Group in an interview for European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID)
Read the interview

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