Stakeholders will soon have access to the findings of the Barbados Drug Information Network (BARDIN), when the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) presents the information during a panel discussion entitled: The Role of Data Collection in Drug Policy.

The presentation of the first BARDIN report will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Savannah Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church.

A panel discussion will follow focusing on Substance Abuse and its Relationship to Non-communicable Diseases: Implications for Health Policy; Mandatory Drug Testing in Barbados: Implications for Law Enforcement and Drug Prevention; Alternatives to Incarceration: Implications for the Drug Dependent Offender; the Role of Evidenced-Based Approaches in Drug Policy, and the role of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in shaping drug policy in the hemisphere.????

BARDIN is the mechanism through which Barbados collects and disseminates information on all areas of drug control in Barbados. The NCSA is the central repository of this information which includes data relating to both drug demand reduction (i.e. prevention and treatment) and drug supply reduction activity. Access to accurate and valid data and information is necessary for the development of effective policies and programmes in these areas.

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