On November 5, the XVII International Congress on Addictions “Evidence for the Development of New Public Policy” was inaugurated in Mexico City. This congress is the most important in the subject internationally because it included the participation of distinguished participants from the government, the academic world and civil society.
For forty-six years, the Youth Integration Centers (CIJ, for its acronym in Spanish) have consolidated an effective care model to promote people’s sustainable development, human rights and public health.
Currently in Mexico, chronic noncommunicable diseases are responsible for the greatest disease burden. There have been changes in the population’s lifestyles associated with the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, which are becoming a major a problem that require taking a different perspective in public health.
Dr. Roberto Tapia Conyer, President of the CIJ’s National Board and Director of the Carlos Slim Foundation, participated in the opening event.
“It is in this area where the state can and should intervene in individual or collective spheres of people, when the individual’s behavior poses a risk to himself and the community. For example, smoking a cigarette in Mexico today is limited to certain contexts, in addition that their sale and advertising are heavily restricted,” said Dr. Tapia in his inaugural speech.
He also called for the state to promote the participation of civil society organizations with experience in addressing the drug problem, to work together effective public policies based on highest level scientific evidence.
As part of this important Congress, Dr. Tapia, along with Dr. Silvia Cruz Martín del Campo, CINVESTAV researcher, and Carmen Fernandez, CIJ Director, presented the first issue of the International Journal of Research in Addictions, a new academic window to disseminate information, data, trends and proposals for the treatment and control of addictions.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr. Mercedes Juan Lopez, Federal Ministry of Health; Mr. Sven-Olov Carlsson, International President of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD); Dr. Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, National Commissioner Against Addictions; Mr. Antonio Luigi Mazzitelli, Representative for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODC); Mr. Esbjorn Hornberg, President of the Vienna Non-Governmental Committee on Drugs, and Mrs. Kena Moreno, Founder and Vice President of the National Board of the Youth Integration Centers.