Third international symposium on drug-impaired driving

Third international symposium on drug-impaired driving

Date and place: 
23 October 2017, Lisbon

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The Third international symposium on drug-impaired driving is taking place on 23 October 2017 in Lisbon immediately prior to the Second European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies (24-26 October). The symposium is a collaborative effort between the EMCDDA, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse International Program (NIDA)  and the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

With cannabis use and policy evolving internationally, drug-impaired driving has become an increasingly relevant issue. This international symposium will put the spotlight on key developments relevant to road safety in recent years and highlight the implications of these for drug-impaired driving. The prevalence of drug-impaired driving has begun to rival that of alcohol-impaired driving in some parts of the world, resulting in a greater focus on the ability to detect drug-impaired drivers using roadside screening tools. Similarly, with the changes in cannabis policy, many jurisdictions are working towards or have already implemented laws that establish ‘per se’ limits for drug use. With these significant changes in mind, mobilisation of research and collaboration of efforts will help us to navigate this growing area of concern. The objective of the symposium is to bring together key stakeholders who have advanced the field — whether it be through detection technology, innovation in prevention or experience in developing new drug policy — to share their experiences and lessons learned and to develop next steps to effectively address drug-impaired driving. This symposium will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field, highlight new research and identify gaps still needing attention.



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Confirmed speakers


Vigdis Vindenes, Norway,
Head of Section ‘Drug Abuse Research’,
Oslo University Hospital

Jan Ramaekers, Netherlands,
Professor of Psychopharmacology and Behavioral Toxicology, Maastricht University

Kim Wolff, United Kingdom,
Professor of Addiction Science,
King’s College, London

Mário Dias, Portugal,
Senior Advisor in Forensic Toxicology, National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences

Doug Beirness, Canada,
Senior Research & Policy Analyst and Advisor, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Darrin Grondel, USA,
Secretary, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

Glenn Davis, USA,
Highway Safety Manager, Highway Safety Office

Draft Programme



The Lisbon Congress Centre is located close to the river Tagus and the historical and cultural district of Belém, just a few minutes from the city centre, well
served by public transport. The ‘3rd international symposium on drug-impaired driving’ is taking place on 23 October in Lisbon
immediately prior to Lisbon Addictions 2017, the Second European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies (24–26 October 2017).