Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

Commission interaméricaine de lutte contre l'abus des drogues
Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas (CICAD)
Comissão Interamericana para o Controle do Abuso de Drogas

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Established Nov 1986, Washington DC (USA), by General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) through resolution AG/RES 813 (XVI-0/86). A technically autonomous agency of OAS working within the framework of 'Inter-American Program of Action of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Against the Illicit Use and Production of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Traffic Therein', the Anti-Drug Strategy in the Hemisphere (1996) and the mandates of the OAS General Assembly.


Alleviate the immediate and substantial threat to political stability, democratic institutions and the economic growth and wellbeing of the peoples of the Americas by: reducing illicit drug production, supply, trafficking and use/abuse and its detrimental societal effects; controlling illicit trafficking in and use/abuse of legal drugs. Promote and strengthen inter-American cooperation to attack the complex transnational chain of operations that makes up illicit drug trafficking - including production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, use/abuse - and its effects, such as money laundering and arms trafficking.

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Operations concentrated in the following areas: Legal Development; Money Laundering Control; Demand Reduction; Supply Reduction; Alternative Development; Arms Control; Strengthening of National Drug Commissions (Institution Building); Statistics, Information and Research - created Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID) in 2000; Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism.

Western Hemisphere Heads of State and Government, drew up a mandate at 2nd Summit of the Americas, Apr 1998, Santiago de Chile, committing CICAD member states to developing a singular and objective process of multilateral governmental evaluation in order to monitor the progress of their individual and collective efforts to deal with the diverse manifestations of the drug problem in the hemisphere. 'Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)', created in 1999 in response to that mandate, is a peer review process in which countries assess each others' efforts.


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Relations with 22 inter-governmental organizations.
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  • Commerce
    • Money
    • Trade
  • Societal Problems
    • Crime
    • Addiction, Drug Abuse
  • Law
    • Law

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GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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