Over the last
30 years the Pompidou Group has created and provided tools that have enabled decision makers and policy managers
to implement policies that have helped to counteract trafficking, abuse of illicit drugs and associated negative
effects in society.
Policy responses to drugs and drug-related problems cannot only be based on scientific evidence and vigour but also need to take into account cultural influences, organisational structures and public opinion. In this respect the PG provides the only forum of open discussion beyond ideological or political constraints; a quality which has lead to many improved policies based on achieving actual results in reducing drug use.