1. Fully-loaded cost accounting of the War on Drugs -- go beyond only mass incarceration, loss of life and potential (health effect on individual and communities, family separation), denial of political efficacy (lost votes!)
2. Addressing whiteness double standard: stigma as a double standard.
3. A harm reduction that is willing to go and address social issues. A more critical harm reduction.
Stewart: often victim's families wanted a change from punitive approaches.
"It is easier to get street drugs than to get treatment... something is backward in the way we approach this problem."
Drug induced homicide message: if you use drugs, run away as far as you can from anyone else that is using so that you don't get charged with murdering them. @LeoBeletsky
Carter Stewart: you will need to ask him!
Mr. Bharara? Wanna chime in. Happy to read your response to the room.
Lindsay LaSalle: about a narrative of white users vs. black and brown dealers who "push" drugs.
For me, it is all about increasing choice for treatment options.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POINT @jazzyjtyler !!!!! I'm going to hammer on this point tomorrow in the panel that I'm speaking at but YES -- we need to provide healthcare (!), housing (!), and jobs (!).
During this panel (75 minutes) 180 people throughout America were arrested for drug possession. Take that in.
“20% of incarcerations are drug related, mostly possession.”
And in the center of it all is racial discrimination.
3) Drug policy reform will not reduce burden of incarceration low-level offenders but likely broader rates of drug use.
Worth Paschal: gives cops an option to move low level offenders with addiction to avoid the cj system all together and be refereed to social services & treatment.
Jerome Sanchez: there are a lot of cops that have no clue what harm reduction is. Police departments do what communities ask them to do and communities oppose harm reduction measures.
@RickAHodges explains that people don’t use drugs more now, the drugs are just stronger. Carfentanil is stronger than fentanyl and fentanyl is stronger than heroin.
“Am I making this up?”
No. She is not.
A critical point for advocates to think about from @DanielBRaymond
How do we make the case for harm reduction?
@DanielBRaymond: if we can identify harm, there is probably a need for harm reduction.
@terrellPNNY, Dylan Stanley, Laura Cash, and Taylor Bennett break it down.
Speakers: @lipiroy, Shawn Ryan, Richard Massati, Josiah Rich, and John Brooklyn. Real powerhouse panel.
"People expect perfection when people [in addiction] enter treatment but that is not reality -- not a reality in asthma, in diabetes."
"in addiction the cravings are so intense -- think about it as the primary symptom of addiction" @lipiroy