Joint Statement from US and EU on
Demand Reduction Cooperation
As agreed during the USEU Drug Troika in Madrid in February, the US
sponsored an USEU seminar on May 1314, 2002 to exchange information
on the principles of demand reduction. The goal of the meeting, to share information
among EU and US researchers and policy makers regarding the development of
evidence-based demand reduction policies, was achieved with productive dialogue.
Discussion focused on scientific research on drug use and drug dependence.
Leading experts in the field presented information on a continuum of topics
from basic science, to clinical research, practice improvement, and the design
of data collection systems to monitor progress. There were also presentations
by EU delegates on the development of public education campaigns and their
The US and EU affirm their commitment to exchange ideas and experiences in
combating drug use and drug dependence. We welcome future cooperative endeavors
and agree to explore opportunities to continue this new dialogue regarding
the development of evidence-based demand reduction policies.