COPOLAD results by country

COPOLAD's activities in Latin America

One of the objectives of COPOLAD III is to accompany Latin American and Caribbean countries in the implementation of drug policies. Based on the demand approach of the few countries, we present the main focuses of the Program's work in the different countries.

Click on the country to learn more about the corresponding action items.

Argentina Antigua y Barbuda Bahamas Brasil Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Jamaica Mexico Panamá Perú Paraguay República Dominicana Suriname Santa Lucía Trinidad y Tobago Uruguay Venezuela


  1. Research on the approach to consumption problems with a gender perspective in specific devices
  2. Evaluation of drug policies in Argentina.

Antigua y Barbuda

  1. Reformulation of the model for the control of chemical substances for the manufacture of illicit drugs and improvement of the articulation of state agencies in the processes of seizure and disposal of chemical substances.
  2. Technical assistance in the development of programming for analysis of activities and transactions carried out with scheduled substances subject to control.


  1. Assets Coming Together for Adolescents and Young Adult Health and Wellness (ACT NOW!!!)
  2. Empowering Communities - Abaco Community-based Initiative


  1. Creation of a state and national drug research network to strengthen the Brazilian Drug Information Observatory.


  1. Technical assistance in management and final disposal processes of scheduled controlled substances. Annex I, II, III, IV and mainly V of Law 913.


  1. Development of a citizen innovation laboratory for the co-design of solutions to comprehensively address the challenges of consumption, attention, support and care of children and adolescents (NNAJ) under the guardianship and protection of the State".
  2. Technical assistance to support the strengthening of Chile's National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing System through the development of tools, capacity building and the delivery of knowledge to participating institutions.
  3. Unification of generic sex categories in SENDA for the production of studies, data and statistics with information disaggregated by sex/gender and gender analysis.
  4. Characterization Study of the Synthetic Drug Consumption Population in the Metropolitan Region of Chile.
  5. Support for the creation of a national agency for the administration of seized assets
  6. Design of an intervention proposal in highly vulnerable contexts considering inclusion strategies from an integral and community perspective, aimed especially at those people who present structural difficulties in accessing basic services, such as health, education, justice, work and the full development of their personal and social capacities.


  1. Use of seized assets. Design of a public policy for the social and cultural reuse of forfeited assets.
  2. Reformulation of the model for the control of chemical substances for the manufacture of illicit drugs.
  3. Improving the coordination of government agencies in the processes of seizure and disposal of chemical substances.
  4. Strengthening of a community device for damage and risk reduction and human security with a territorial and gender approach. In alliance with Procrear and the network of territorial actors of the Santa Fe neighborhood, Los Mártires locality. Bogota
  5. Social innovation strategy for the reduction of vulnerabilities in young people at risk of being linked to micro-trafficking networks and consumption of psychoactive substances in two Colombian territories.
  6. Comprehensive care and harm reduction strategy with a community approach for people who use drugs in conditions of social vulnerability.

Costa Rica

  1. Protocol for the Comprehensive Care of Women in Conflict with the Criminal Law (article 77 bis of Law 8204), within the framework of the National Drug Strategy and the Restorative Justice Program.
  2. Technical assistance for the reform of the law for the social use of assets confiscated from organized crime
  3. Incidence of incarceration of women for crimes under Law 8204 on their minor sons and daughters and Involvement in the consumption of psychoactive substances and/or crimes under Law 8204 of persons leaving PANI when they turn 18 years of age.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation of drug policies in Costa Rica
  5. Harvesting Development (Territorial approach to populations in situations of social vulnerability).


  1. Elaboration of a resource mapping of Ecuador's OND.
  2. Conceptual and methodological design of 2 studies and review of tools (surveys).
  3. Strengthening of human talent and action protocols of the line 171 option 6 for the care of people undergoing mental health crises associated with problematic drug use and consumption".
  4. Technical assistance in processes of final disposal of scheduled substances subject to control subject to control
  5. Artificial intelligence for analyzing activities and transactions involving scheduled controlled substances

El Salvador

  1. Technical assistance to improve their processes for the management and disposal of scheduled controlled substances.


  1. Building in Community for the care of homeless people.


  1. Reformulation of the model for the control of chemical substances for the manufacture of illicit drugs and technical assistance in the management and final disposal of scheduled controlled substances.


  1. Conduct a Rapid Situation Assessment on the Relationship between Adolescent Pregnancy and Drug Use, with gender and rights-based approach & Conduct a Rapid Situation Assessment on Drug Use among Vulnerable groups (People with Disabilities and the Elderly), with gender and rights-based approach.
  2. Evaluate national drug policy
  3. Tek it to Dem Outreach Service Project


  1. Preparation of a Technical Guide for field work for the prevention and treatment of fentanyl and methamphetamine use.
  2. Elaboration of the Guide for the Inclusive Care of Sexually Diverse Populations with Psychoactive Substance Use. Elaboration of the Toolbox for the health system population for inclusive care for populations of sexual diversity.
  3. Territorialization in the Northern Border (Tijuana, Mexicali) of the country for the implementation of the Harm Reduction Strategy with a community approach for psychoactive substance users belonging to highly vulnerable groups.
  4. Development of a drug research agenda and the formation of a national research network.
  5. Development of studies/research with differential approaches.


  1. Formulation of the National Drug Policy and Action Plan.
  2. Implementation of the national drug research network and the national drug research agenda.


  1. Design of a methodology for risk analysis and early warnings in DEVIDA to prevent and/or reduce the possible negative impact of drug policies on the human rights of vulnerable populations (with pilot in ZEI Ucayali).
  2. Design of economic, financial, tax and accounting analysis tools for the preparation of expert evidence in money laundering proceedings involving illicit drug trafficking and other predicate offenses.
  3. Comprehensive community intervention for drug demand reduction.


  1. Technical assistance to improve their processes for the management and disposal of scheduled controlled substances.
  2. Improvement of criminal proportionality in the case of minor drug offenses committed by vulnerable populations through the development of a criminal defense strategy with a gender focus.
  3. Support for the creation and strengthening of national systems and networks and scientific research on drugs in Paraguay.

República Dominicana

  1. Mapping of resources for the research network, creation of a scientific advisory committee and elaboration of a national agenda on drugs.
  2. Wings of transformation: Comprehensive rehabilitation program for women in prison
  3. Technical assistance in the management and final disposal of scheduled controlled substances.


  1. Allocation of resources for the research network, creation of a Scientific Advisory Committee and preparation of the national drug research agenda.
  2. Incorporation of rights, differential and gender perspectives in the research system, preferably with three studies (gender, prisoners, homeless).
  3. Rehabilitation of detainees

Santa Lucía

  1. Technical assistance for the development of a protocol on precursors and their application.

Trinidad y Tobago

  1. Trinidad and Tobago National Drug Research Agenda Review
  2. Strengthening social resilience and reducing drug demand through arts and cultural workshops for the migrant population of Trinidad and Tobago


  1. Advice on strategies and programs of care and treatment of problematic drug use in the prison setting and alternative measures to incarceration.
  2. For efficient use of assets confiscated from organized crime: compensating Uruguayan society for the harm caused by criminal activities
  3. Territorialization of public policy from the community approach and treatment.
  4. Incidence of Uruguay's public drug policies in the framework of the SDGs
  5. Evaluation of cannabis policies in Uruguay


  1. Development of a mapping of OND resources
  2. Incorporation of the differential approach in information and research systems.
  3. Community Multipliers Program