State Department Convenes International Experts to Tackle Childhood Drug Addiction Worldwide

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 14, 2016


The U.S. State Department will convene practitioners and experts from around the world in the field of childhood drug addiction for the first-ever Child Substance Use Disorder Treatment Meeting, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 18-20. The phenomenon of overseas child (infancy to pre-adolescence) drug exposure, use, and dependence is an alarming problem – and one becoming ever more urgent as paint thinners/glues are being replaced as the substance of choice with opioids and cocaine.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Luis Arreaga will open the meeting with keynote remarks open to the press at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18. He will also be available following his remarks for brief pull-aside interviews. Ambassador Arreaga will discuss the growing child substance use disorder problem across the globe, as well as how to build on the significant progress made by the State Department, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and other partners in developing the first treatment protocols for pre-adolescent children.

This meeting serves as the final step towards creating a universal and comprehensive treatment, prevention, and recovery platform for at-risk youth ages 0-12. Participants and speakers from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, India, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, and the Philippines are attending.

Remarks and meeting sessions the morning of July 18 are open to the press. The open-press segment of the meeting will end at noon. Pre-set time for cameras is 8:00 a.m. at the Thornton Room of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Media must be in place no later than 8:50 a.m.

To RSVP or to seek further information, please contact Mike Alpern at AlpernMD@state.gov or 202-634-1167.