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Foundation Launches 10th International Conference on Reform

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The nonprofit Drug Policy Foundation will host its annual meeting this week and mark the organization's 10th anniversary promoting drug policy reform ideas. Participants will discuss a range of issues, including the 1996 elections, youth drug education, needle exchange programs, and the medical applications of marijuana.

DPF President Arnold S. Trebach said, "We will, for three days, radically change the tone of drug policy rhetoric emanating from Washington. Given what the major political parties have said and done on drug policy, next Tuesday's election does not hold any hope that U.S. drug policy will improve in the near future."

Trebach added, "This conference will be the antidote to the politicians' old drug policy mantra - 'More of the same.' The speakers and participants will look at different ways in which drug policy can more effectively control crime, disease and drug abuse. These are the ideas that will take us into the next millennium."

10th International Conference on Drug Policy Reform

When: November 7, 8 & 9
Where: Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC
tel: (202) 484-1000

Featured speakers on the conference's first full day -- Thursday, Nov. 7 -- will include (in order of appearance):


Please note that participants can no longer register through DPF's office. Registration for the conference will re-open Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, during the welcoming reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.


Contact Rob Stewart or Scott Ehlers for a Press Pass. During the conference, the DPF Press Office can be reached at (202) 646-4445.



9:00 - 9:30am State of the Movement and the Foundation Arnold S. Trebach, JD, PhD, Drug Policy Foundation

9:30 - 11:00am Drug Policy & the White House
Chair: Marsha Rosenbaum,
The Lindesmith Center, San Francisco
Ken Sharpe, Swarthmore College,
Author of Drug War Politics: Politics of Denial
Diana Gordon, CUNY Graduate Center,
Author of The Return of Dangerous Classes:
Drug Prohibition and Policy Politics
Dan Baum,
Author of Smoke and Mirrors:
The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure
Joe Davidson, Wall Street Journal

11:00 - 11:15am An Invitation to the Leaders in Medicine
David Lewis, MD,
Director, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies,
Brown University, Providence, RI
Joycelyn Elders, MD,
University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock

11:15am - 12:45pm Judges & the War on Drugs
Hon. James Gray, Orange County Superior Court
Hon. Volney Brown, Federal Magistrate-Judge (ret.), Los Angeles
Hon. Pamela Alexander, Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis

1:00 - 2:30pm Keynote Luncheon
Speaker: Hugh Downs, Co-Anchor, 20/20, ABC News, New York, NY

3:00 - 4:30pm Drug Education: Programs Based on Science
Joel Brown,PhD,
MSW, Co-Director, Educational Research Consultants, Berkeley, CA
Jordan Horowitz,
Project Director, WestEd, Los Alamitos, CA
Rod Skager, PhD,
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Director, California's Biennial Substance Use Survey, Salina, CA
Jerome Beck, DrPH,
Co-Director, Educational Research Consultants, Berkeley, CA
Ita Kreft, PhD,
Assistant Professor, California State, Los Angeles & UCLA

4:45 - 6:15pm Concurrent Workshops (chairs listed)

1) Harm Reduction & the Criminal Justice System Elizabeth Gaynes, The Osborne Association, New York, NY

2) Health Professionals for Reform - Round Table David Lewis, MD, Director, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI

3) Programs for At-Risk Youth Stacey Rubin, Director of Harm Reduction, Streetwork Project, New York, NY

4) Lobbying: Capitol Hill & Beyond Cedrick Hendricks, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Washington, DC

5) Methadone Prescription in Medical Practice Ernest Drucker, PhD, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY


9:00 - 10:30am Drug Policy in Asia & the Pacific Rim
Nick Crofts,
Asian Harm Reduction Network, Fairfield, Australia
Aaron Peak,
Asian Harm Reduction Network, Calcutta, India
Jennifer Gray, PhD,
AusAid Project, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Sujata Rana,
Lifegiving and Lifesaving Society Project, Kathmandu, India
Luke Samson,
Director, Society for Serving the Urban Poor, New Delhi, India

11:15am - 12:45pm Drug Policy in South America
Jack Riley, PhD,
Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC
Coletta Youngers,
Washington (DC) Office on Latin America
Francisco Thoumi,
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC

2:00 - 3:30pm This Is Your Brain on Drugs: Research in Neuroscience
Ernest Drucker, PhD,
Montefiore Medical Center, NYC
Sidney Schnoll, MD,
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
John Morgan, MD,
City Univ. of New York Medical School
Eliot Gardner, PhD,
Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

3:45 - 5:15pm Concurrent Workshops (chairs listed)

1) Drug Use, Treatment and the Mentally Ill - Debate Robert Lichtman, PhD, NY State Office of Mental Health, NYC Michael Rahav, PhD, Argus Community Inc., New York, NY

2) A Hard Look at Hard Drugs: The Legalizers' Achilles' Heel David Morrison, Independent Writer, Washington, DC

3) New Ground in Implementing Needle Exchange Laureen Malatesta, DC Needle Exchange Coalition,

4) International Perspectives Werner Schneider, Drug Policy Coordinator, Frankfurt, Ger.

5) Civil Forfeiture: A Drug War Moneymaker David Smith, English & Smith, Alexandria, VA


9:00 - 10:30am Debate: Treatment vs. Non-Treatment
Moderator: Ethan Nadelmann, PhD,
The Lindesmith Center, New York, NY
Stanton Peele, PhD,
Independent Psychological Researcher & Author, Princeton, NJ
Robert Millman, MD,
Chairman, Department of Public Health, Cornell University College of Medicine, New York, NY

10:45am - 12:15pm Why Drug Policy Reform Won't Work - Critique
Stephen Jonas, MD,
State University of New York -- Stony Brook Medical School
Representative, Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, New York, NY
John de Miranda,
President, Peninsula Health Concepts, San Mateo, CA
Imani Woods,
Progressive Solutions, Seattle, WA

2:00 - 3:30pm The Benefits of Illicit Drugs
Neal Goldsmith,
Tribeca Research Inc., New York, NY
John Morgan, MD,
City Univ. of NY Medical School
Rick Doblin, PhD,
President, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Charlotte, NC
Alexander Shulgin, PhD,
Independent Researcher & Author, Lafayette, CA
Ann Shulgin,
Independent Researcher, Therapist & Author, Lafayette, CA

3:45 - 5:15pm Concurrent Workshops (chairs listed)

1) Drug Policy: Sex, Race and Class Tracey Meares, Professor, University of Chicago, Law School

2) Theories of Drug Use and Control: Past and Present Lana Harrison, PhD, Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies, University of Delaware, Newark

3) The Role of Physicians in the War on Drugs Roger Morrell, MD, PhD, Physician, Lathrup Village, Michigan

4) Women of Substance: A Drug Abuse Education Shirley A. Cloyes, JusticeWorks Community

5) Changing Minds in Effective Ways Peter Christ, ReconsiDer, Albany, NY

6:30 - 7:30pm Reception

7:30 - 10:30pm Awards Banquet


to be presented at the banquet on Saturday, Nov. 9

The Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Drug Policy Reform
Alexander & Ann Shulgin
Authors, San Francisco

The Edward Brecher Award for Journalism
Hugh Downs (to be presented at the Thursday luncheon, 1 pm)
ABC News, 20/20, New York City

The Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Law
John P. Morgan
City University of New York Medical School

The Alfred Lindesmith Award for Scholarship
Patricia Erickson
Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto

The Robert Randall Award for Citizen Action
Joyce Rivera
St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction, New York City & Rod Sorge Harm Reduction Coalition, New York City

The H.B. Spear Award for Control and Enforcement
Thomas Frazier
Commissioner, Baltimore Police Department

The Norman Zinberg Award for Medicine and Treatment
Rev. Hans Visser
St. Paul's Church, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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