June 19-21, 2024

ISSDP 2024

  • Welcome to the seventeenth annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) in Tiotià:ke/Montreal, Canada, from June 19th to June 21st, 2024!

  • HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE @ The DoubleTree by Hilton (Place des arts).


Click below to register for a tour.

Drug checking mobile unit Tours - 12 tours

- Wednesday, June 19th: 6 rounds of 30minute tours (10 people per tour) - 10:20 AM to 11:50 AM and 1:30pm-3pm

- Thursday, June 20th: 6 rounds of 30minute tours (10 people per tour) - 10:20 AM to 11:50 AM and 1:30pm-3pm

- Friday, June 21st: UNAVAILABLE

CACTUS MONTRÉAL Tour : Supervised injection & drug checking site

Wednesday June 19th : 10:20-11:30

Thursday, June 20th : 10:20-11:30

Friday : June 21st : 10:20-11:30

SPECTRE DE RUE tour: Supervised injection site

Thursday, June 20th : 4:30pm-6pm



Regular : 690 CAD

Student : 291 CAD

ISSDP Member (continue scrolling for membership info)

Regular :541 CAD

Student: 217 CAD

Included in the registration:

  • Three-day in-person (only) conference
  • Keynotes, talks, panels and poster sessions at the CHUM Amphithéatre Pierre-Péladeau;
  • Harm reduction in Montreal visits: 1) behind the scenes at a Québec government cannabis point of sale ( SQDC - offsite) 2) Drug checking mobile unit inner workings on-site 3) Supervised consumption sites visit - behind the scenes (offsite). LIMITED spaces. Additional registration required: open May 21st, 2024.
  • Lunch and refreshments.
  • A complimentary welcome cocktail reception will be held at the CRCHUM Agora
  • ISSDP General Assembly is open to all.

Not included in your registration.

Conference dinner at the beautiful Belvedere of the Montreal Science Center, overlooking the river and the old port - Thursday, June 20th, 2024 : 100 CAD.


For the time being, membership dues will be paid on the registration site for the 2024 conference.

Here are the Membership levels:

  1. Sustaining Membership: €150 Euro (For ISSDP supporters who prefer to pay more to support the Society in its efforts to increase diversity and access)
  2. Regular Membership: €100 Euro
  3. Reduced Membership: €50 Euro (For government employees or those from low- or middle-income countries)
  4. Full-Time Student: €50 Euro

First preliminary program



The conference is multi-disciplinary, as befits the study of drug policy and supports qualitative and quantitative papers. ISSDP supports the submission of written papers in advance of the conference. Discussants are used at each conference session, as a means to encourage debate and identify common themes, challenges and issues. For more information on the ISSDP conference style.

The seventeenth conference in Montreal is in-person only; there will not be virtual sessions.


Recent drug policy changes, driven by the North American overdose crisis, include harm reduction measures including drug decriminalization trials, models and legislative frameworks for supervised drug consumption models, and safer supply programs. Alongside these shifts, some regions have implemented harsher sentencing and drug-induced homicide laws. Changes also extend to cannabis and psychedelics, with Canada legalizing non-medical cannabis in 2018. Globally, scholars are examining the colonial roots and disproportionate impacts of drug policies on marginalized communities, advocating for new approaches to address these harms. ISSDP 2024 will be an opportunity to draw together these strands of research and explore issues in evaluating the impacts of policy change in highly dynamic policy environments.

ISSDP 2024 conveners

David Décary-Hétu
ISSDP 2024 Co-chair, University of Montreal

Sarah Larney
ISSDP 2024 Co-chair, University of Montreal

Aïssata Sako
ISSDP 2024 Event convener, University of Montreal

Caitlin Hughes
ISSDP President, Flinders University

Beau Kilmer
ISSDP Vice-President, McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation, RAND Drug Policy Research Center, RAND USA


Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Canada is the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Kanien’kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where we will meet.

« A striking union of European charm and North American attitude, Montréal seduces visitors with a harmonious pairing of the historic and the new, from exquisite architecture to fine dining. It merits the moniker ‘international’ city, a cosmopolitan centre with proud roots in the past that enthusiastically embraces the future. For more information on Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, on how to get there, what to do etc. please click here. »


Amphithéâtre Pierre-Péladeau, CHUM

1050, Rue Saint-Denis Montréal, QC Canada, H2X 3J4

Registration period

January 22, 2024 - 12:01 AM until June 21, 2024 - 10:00 AM

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact info.issdp2024@gmail.com .

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