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!


Registration for ISSDP 2024 is now open! Included in the registration:

  • Three days of in-person Conference from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st, 2024;
  • Keynotes, talks, panels and poster sessions at the Amphithéatre Pierre-Péladeau;
  • Visits to Harm reduction sites in Montreal (details to follow);
  • Lunch and refreshments.

Preliminary details (more details to come)

Wednesday 19th, 2024:

  • Free welcome cocktail reception at the CRCHUM Agora (Registration is required).

Thursday 20th, 2024:

  • ISSDP General Assembly opened to all.
  • Conference dinner at the beautiful Belvedere of the Montreal Science Center (Registration is required; the ticket is 100 CAD).

The Early Bird discount is available until Tuesday 2nd April 2024. After this date, the regular registration fee will be applicable.

If you are a person with lived or living experience or a person from a low and middle-income country, please email us at info.issdp2024@gmail.com so that we may confirm your discount with you.


Room blocks with ISSDP preferential rates are available to registrants at the following hotels:


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 - 00:01 until June 10, 2024 - 23:59

Contact us

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

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