Mentor International’s Chair, Yvonne Thunell, recently attended a summit on the global proliferation of narcotics at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This summit, “Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of This Global Issue,” was requested by Pope Francis to bring together the leading international scientists and practitioners to highlight the global drug epidemic. In this interview, Thunell talks about Mentor’s involvement at the summit, the topics discussed, and the most shocking thing she learned.
A link to access all presentations will be available at the end of the interview.
What was the overall purpose of the summit? Who attended?
Yvonne Thunell (YT): Following a special wish of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences (PAS) organized this seminar to bring together leading professionals, scientists, experts, medical doctors, researchers, practitioners, members of civil society, judges and academicians to examine and discuss possible innovative solutions to drug-related issues.
Today, substance abuse problems are undeniably topical, since drugs are one of the scourges of our globalized world. The seminar focused specifically on the scientific aspect, such as the consequences of substance abuse on our bodies and brains, as well as the potential medical uses of certain drugs for specific diseases and disorders ...