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Decriminalization of Drug Use Webinar
January 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
A continuation of the successful discussion from the 2020 Virtual Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment! This 90 minute complimentary webinar discusses the criminalization of drug use and possession for personal use combined with the stigma and discrimination faced by people who use drugs obstructs access to crucial health, social and harm reduction services and contributes to high rates of overdose in the United States.
This presentation explores approaches to drug policy that center drug use as an issue of health and social services, not of law enforcement.
Progressive policy approaches will be discussed , including the successful results of Portuguese decriminalization model. Finally, the audience will be invited to discuss how such policies responses can be advanced.
Featuring this impressive panel of speakers:
Theshia Naidoo , Managing Director, Department of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Giavana Margo , Program Specialist, Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations
Neill Franklin , Executive Director – Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP)
Tony Duffin , Ana Liffey Drug Project CEO,
Eric Sterling, Executive Director of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, (a non-profit organization that helps educate the nation about criminal justice issues and failed global drug policy)