The Conference on Crack and Cocaine (COCA) is using its official launch to start establishing global networks in order to expand the organisation's reach and foster new partnerships.
The charity was originally founded in 1996 as the London Crack Workers' Forum an independent body for workers dealing with crack and cocaine use and to establish a forum of debate and support around the issue. It is hosting an official launch ceremony on 25 October.
"We want to start branches of COCA around the world, and now feel that we are in the right position to move this forward,
said Aidan Gray, national co-ordinator at COCA. "The majority of the information and research coming out on this field is from the US, and we don't feel that this is the best model to work with."
COCA works to inform its members of current trends in crack and cocaine use and offers support to organisations working with and for crack users.