Event Calendar

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Webinar: Opioids: Treating an Illness, Ending a War

Start Date: 5/29/2018 12:30 PM EDT
End Date: 5/29/2018 2:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Opioids: Treating an Illness, Ending a War

May 29, 2018, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 120 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project

About the Webinar:  "More people died from opioid-related deaths in 2015 than in any previous year. This record number quadrupled the level of such deaths in 1999. Drawing on lessons from past drug crises and the evidence supporting a public health approach, this webinar offers solutions for ending the current opioid crisis without revamping the failed and costly War on Drugs. The four major recommendations include: 1) End overprescribing of opioids; 2) Expand access to treatment for drug use disorders both in and out of correctional settings; 3) Reduce overdose deaths through harm-reduction measures, and; 4) End the Drug War. 

The webinar will discuss the mix of preventative and punitive responses from the federal government and states and assess the extent to which these responses are in line with the National Research Council's 2014 conclusion: "The best empirical evidence suggests that the successive iterations of the war on drugs—through a substantial public policy effort—are unlikely to have markedly or clearly reduced drug crime over the past three decades.""

About the Faculty: 

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., is a research analyst at The Sentencing Project who conducts and synthesizes research on criminal justice policies. She analyzes racial disparities in the justice system, public opinion about punishment, and the scope of reform efforts. Co-author of the report titled “Opioids: Treating an Illness, Ending a War,” her writing has been featured in major newspapers around the country and she regularly presents to audiences of advocates, criminal justice professionals, and students. Ghandnoosh earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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