Legislators, law-enforcement officials, public health professionals, and families have been struggling with the emergence of novel psychoactive substances. Synthetic cannabinoids (such as, K2 and spice), bath salts, fentanyl, and an assortment of other new drugs pose challenges to policymakers, media, service providers, and those of us who care about people who use drugs. For example, in New York City, concerns about K2 led to stigmatizing media language and targeted policing in communities of color and among the homeless, missing a critical opportunity to lead with harm reduction and public health strategies instead of criminalization.
Join us for an important conversation about novel psychoactive substances the evening of June 9th and all day June 10th in New York City. New Strategies for New Psychoactive Substances: A Public Health Approach will share what is currently known about these substances, discuss strategies for intervening when use becomes harmful, explore new forms of drug regulation, and examine how messaging and media about NPS can become more constructive. Speakers will include national and international public health experts, harm reductionists, policy experts, researchers, journalists, and more.
June 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019
June 10th, 8:30 am-5:30pm
The New School
Hoerle Lecture Hall, UL105, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited.
Registration is required: http://newstrategies4nps.eventbrite.com