Prof. Neil McKeganey Receives the Bejerot Award

“Professor McKeganey is a hero of WFAD. He is a leader in our work for a better drug policy for the 21st Century for the world.”

Congratulations to Professor Neil McKeganey on receiving the Bejerot Award for his contribution to research and policy pertaining to the problems of drug abuse at the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD).

The WFAD has awarded Neil McKeganey the second Nils Bejerot Award for Global Drug Prevention in recognition of his distinguished career in drug research and for his contributions to drug policy, in particular for his championing of drug-free policies.

Professor Neil McKeganey is a distinguished sociologist from Scotland who has worked in the field of drug abuse since the 1980s. His early work focused on the impact of drug use on female street-working prostitutes and he studied the impact of drugs on families and entire communities. He focused on harm-reduction drug policies and came to the conclusion that being drug-free is vital to long-term success within the treatment. 

Professor McKeganey bases his views on his direct experience with drug users and on studies of drug abusers. His understanding of drug policy springs from these direct experiences and observations of behaviour. He is globally respected and one of the strongest voices for the drug-free policies that were championed by Nils Bejerot.

Professor McKeganey said to The Herald newspaper: “I have tried to be as clear as possible about both our successes and our failures, to tell truth to power and to encourage organisations and governments to do more in meeting the challenge of illegal drugs.”

What is the WFAD?

The World Federation Against Drugs is a community of individuals and non-governmental organisations that work towards a drug-free world. They share the common concern that illicit drug use is undercutting traditional values and threatening the existence of stable families, communities, and government institutions throughout the world.

Who was Nils Bejerot?

Nils Bejerot was an eminent Swedish psychiatrist and criminologist and a key figure in the Swedish debate on drug abuse. He opposed to the legalisation of narcotic drugs and he advocated zero tolerance for illegal use and possession of drugs.

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