VIENNA, 29 December 2012 - It is with deepest sorrow that the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) announces the passing away of  Professor Hamid GHODSE, immediate past President of INCB and former INCB President (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011), on 27 December 2012.

Professor Ghodse was Professor of Psychiatry and of International Drug Policy, University of London and Director, International Centre for Drug Policy, St. George's University of London, and held numerous other positions, including  President, European Collaborating Centres for Addiction Studies; Non-Executive Director, National Patient Safety Agency, United Kingdom; Chairman, Civil Honours Committee, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom.

As a member of the International Narcotics Control Board since 1992, Professor Ghodse made major contributions to heighten the relevance of international cooperation among the community of nations in matters of international drug control, to which he brought his unique and outstanding academic and scientific knowledge, combined with remarkable leadership, wisdom and elegant diplomacy.

Professor Ghodse showed the deepest compassion for the suffering of people affected by drug abuse and worked passionately to bring about changes to reduce such suffering worldwide. He touched the lives of many, from those being treated for drug addiction, to health professionals in the field, academia and the international community.

His presence on the Board and among international fora will be sadly missed.

Professor Ghodse's legacy and vision in the field of international drug control will provide guidance and inspiration to generations to come.


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