The United Religions Initiative along with Alliance India recently hosted a dialogue entitled “Human Rights & Faith For People Who Use Drugs in Times of Pandemic.” We hear from two of the speakers: Ira Madan, Senior Regional Advocacy Officer, Drug Use & Harm Reduction, at Alliance India; and Subhi Dhupar, the Regional Coordinator for URI-Asia. Plus, NASTAD (the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) recently hosted a webinar entitled Trans-Inclusive/Trans-Centered Harm Reduction Services. We hear from the facilitator, Sasanka Jinadasa, a Partner at Reframe Health and Justice, and from one of the speakers, Milan Sherry, Co-Director of the House of Tulip in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction has been holding a series of panel discussions on the impact of Covid-19 on drug markets and on people who use drugs. EMCDDA’s most recent webinar was entitled “Covid-19 induced recession and drug related problems. On today’s show we hear from two of the panelists, Doctor Bruno Casal Rodriguez, a Professor of Applied Economics at the University of A Coruña in Spain; and Doctor James Windle, a Lecturer in Criminology at University College Cork in Ireland.
This week on Century: The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression recently held a People’s Hearing Against Racist and Political Repression. We hear from some of the speakers including Frank Chapman, a leader of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and a field organizer and co-chair of CAARPR; Troi Valles, a Chicago area activist, writer, and actress who’s an experienced community organizer and member of Black Lives Matter Chicago and Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression; and Berma Escamilla, one of the family members speaking out against police violence. Plus, the Reverend Sarah Howell-Miller, Associate Pastor at Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, introduces a new training guide called the “Spirit of Harm Reduction: A Toolkit for Communities of Faith Facing Overdose.”
The House of Representatives approved HR 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act of 2019, we hear from one of the sponsors, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); the Commission on Narcotic Drugs changed the international scheduling of marijuana, we hear from Dr. Gilles Forte of the World Health Organization and from representatives of the US and Canadian delegations; the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission delivered its report to Congress, we hear from Commission Chair Shannon O’Neil, PhD, former Ambassador Cliff Sobel, and Commission Executive Director Mary Speck, PhD.
The city of Vancouver, BC, is asking the Canadian federal government for an exemption to national drug laws in order to allow the city to decriminalize simple possession of currently illegal drugs. On today’s show we hear from Donald MacPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and from Annie Foreman-Mackey, a first year medical student at the University of British Columbia.
The Scottish Drugs Forum recently held a webinar on a new set of medication assisted treatment standards. We hear from Dr. Duncan McCormick, Chair of the Drug Death Task Force MAT Subgroup; Elinor Dickie, Organizational Lead for Public Health Scotland; and Tracey Clusker, a nurse and Team Manager at NHS Lothian where she's also Clinical Lead on MAT Standards. Plus, Tarra Simmons, a newly-elected member of the Washington state legislature's House of Representatives, speaks about criminal justice reform in the US.
The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, ESPAD for short, is a collaborative effort of research teams in more than 40 European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world. On this edition of Century we hear more about the new ESPAD report from: Alexis Goosdeel, director of the EU’s drugs agency, the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction; Julian Vicente with the EMCDDA; Dr. Sabrina Molinaro, Coordinator of ESPAD; Elina Kotovirta, Ministerial Adviser in Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; and Dr. Annemie Coone from Ghent University in Belgium.
Oregon Ballot Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, was approved overwhelmingly by voters in the November general election. On this edition of Century of Lies we speak with Haven Wheelock, MPH, one of the chief petitioners for Measure 110, about the vote and what it means for the future of drug policy reform. Plus we hear from Lisa Sanchez, Executive Director of México Unido Contra la Delincuencia, and Ray Lakeman, a campaigner for the UK nonprofit Anyone’s Child, about the need to regulate the stimulant market.
This week on Century: International drug policy reform, featuring Bishnu Sharma, Executive Director of the nongovernmental organization Recovering Nepal; Doctor Justice Tettey, he heads up UNODC’s Laboratory and Scientific Section; and Doctor David Nutt, the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College, London.
On this edition of Century of Lies: Dr. Emily Wang, Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, on the new report by NASEM entitled Decarcerating Correctional Facilities During COVID-19: Advancing Health, Equity, and Safety. Plus, Lorenzo Uribe, a graduate student at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and lead drafter of the cocaine regulation bill that’s currently before the Colombian Senate, on regulating stimulants. Transform Drug Policy Foundation’s new publication, How To Regulate Stimulants: A Practical Guide, can be found at the TDPF website, TransformDrugs.org.
This week on Century: Delegates at a UN drug meeting discuss substitution treatment, harm reduction, and decriminalization of drug use. We hear from Colleen Daniels with Harm Reduction International, Ninan Varughese with UNAIDS, Fariba Soltani with UNODC, and Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng with the UN Human Rights Commission.
Live from this year’s virtual Seattle Hempfest, a discussion of activist journalism featuring Kymone Freeman, a writer and organizer whoco-founded and operates a radio station in DC called WeAct Radio;Vanessa Maria Graber, a journalist and radio producer from Philadelphia;Angela Bacca, a freelance writer from California; Tauhid Chappell, a journalist in Philadelphia and a board member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists; and Steve Bloom, a journalist based in Brooklyn, New York who is publisher of CelebStoner.com and a former editor at High Times Magazine.
Undoing The War On Drugs: Hope, Healing, and Measure 110. The Partnership for Safety and Justice recently held a webinar on Oregon Ballot Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act. We’ll hear some of the speakers including Andy Ko, the executive director of the PSJ; Deborah Peterson Small, longtime policy reform advocate and the executive director of Break The Chains; Haven Wheelock, syringe services coordinator at the Portland area service agency Outside In; and moderator Talia Gad, Communications Coordinator for PSJ.
This week on Century: European Drug Report 2020. Plus, a presentation on supervised consumption facilities featuring: Brad Finegood, Strategic Advisor at Public Health – Seattle & King County; Jesse Rawlins, Public Policy Manager, Public Defenders Association; Mark Cooke, ACLU-WA Policy Director Washington Campaign for Smart Justice; Richard Waters, MD Physician, Site Medical Director at NeighborCare Health - Housing & Street Outreach; Michael Ninburg, Executive Director, Hepatitis Education Project; Lisa Etter Carlson, Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Aurora Commons in Seattle; and Lisa Herbold, Member of Seattle City Council.
The city of Burlington, Vermont, has joined with many other cities in the US to examine the possibility of establishing a supervised consumption site. We hear from members of the Burlington City Council about that. Plus a funeral for a friend: Robert Field and Kymone Freeman pay their respects to a progressive political leader and a dear friend and colleague, Kevin Zeese.
This week on Century of Lies: Drug Regulation and Development. The nonprofit Health Poverty Action recently began a webinar series entitled A World With Drugs: Legal Regulation Through A Development Lens. They held the first webinar in this series recently, Drugs are a Development Issue: An Introduction to Legal Regulation. We’ll hear some of the speakers from that webinar including Philasande Mahlakata, Project Coordinator for Umzimvubu Farmers Support Network, which is is based in Mpondoland in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa; Dr. Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics; and Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drugs Policy Consortium.
This week: a conversation with the author, activist, radio host, and distinguished long-time drug policy reformer Kevin Zeese; plus, White House Communications Director Sean Spicer on likely new directions for this administration's marijuana policies.
This week on Century: Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt and Oregon Justice Resource Center Executive Director Bobbin Singh on recent events in the city of Portland, Oregon. Plus, Virtual Hempfest will be October 10 and 11! To whet everyone's appetite we look back at some previously unaired footage from the Ric Smith Hemposium featuring Ed "New Jersey Weedman" Forchion, Keith Stroup, Vivian McPeak, Kari Boiter, Gloria Kalteich, and your COL host/producer Doug McVay.
This week on Century: Canada’s chief public health officer, Doctor Theresa Tam, on decriminalization of drugs; University of Washington Professor Edwin Lindo, JD, on police brutality; and Yale University Professor Lisa Puglisi, MD, on prisons and Covid.
his week on Century: Daniel Pryor, Head of Programs at the Adam Smith Institute, on What Does An Effective Drug Policy Look Like? Plus an interview with Haven Wheelock, she’s a harm reduction worker who coordinates the syringe services program at Outside In, a Portland area nonprofit. Haven is also one of the chief petitioners for Ballot Measure 110, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative, which appears on Oregon’s 2020 general election ballot.
What Does An Effective Drug Policy Look Like? This week on Century we speak with Dr. Zian Tseng, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, about his new article, entitled “Occult Overdose Masquerading as Sudden Cardiac Death: From the Postmortem Systematic InvesTigation of Sudden Cardiac Death Study.” Plus Niamh Eastwood, executive director of the UK drug policy reform nonprofit Release, speaking on What Does An Effective Drug Policy Look Like?
Legalization, Safe Supply, and Heroin Buyers Clubs. We hear from Steve Rolles with the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Sterling Johnson with Angels in Motion and the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, Neill Franklin with Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and Erica Thomson with the BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors. They appeared on webinar entitled “COVID-19: New Opportunities to Explore Safe Supply and the Legal Regulation of Drugs.” sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance. The discussion was moderated by DPA’s Hannah Hetzer.
This week on Century, Dr. Thomas Pietschmann with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime tells us about the UN’s 2020 World Drug Report. He was part of a webinar hosted recently by the Vienna Nongovernmental Organizing Committee.
On this installment of Century of Lies: Sen. on abuses committed by federal police in the city of Portland; organizer and activist Teressa Raiford on #BlackLivesMatter; and we hear portions of a webinar organized by the Fortune Society on “Brutality Behind Bars: Accountability for Corrections Officers, Too," featuring Jai Diamond, New York City Criminal Justice Agency; Assemblyman David Weprin, Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Corrections; Karen Murtagh, Executive Director of Prison Legal Services; Donna Hylton, Executive Director of A Little Piece of Light; and Phillip Miller, Associate Director of Policy at Correctional Association of New York.
This week on Century: Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about “COVID, Modernity, Lifeways & Drug Use.” His talk was part of an IPS webinar series entitled “Progressive Politics and the Time of Pandemic" and comes to us courtesy of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Taking Drugs Seriously: Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Anyone’s Child recently held a webinar entitled “Take Drugs Seriously.” We hear from two of the panelists: Anne-Marie Cockburn, one of the founders of Anyone’s Child; and Johann Hari, author of the bestseller Chasing the Scream: The Search for the Truth About Addiction. Plus, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopts an ordinance to allow the establishment and operation a supervised consumption facility.
"Stimulants and Harm Reduction webinar. This week we hear portions of “Tweaking our Harm Reduction: A stimulants Webinar.” Participants included: Dr. Sheila P Vakharia, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement for the Drug Policy Alliance; Christine Rodriguez, a consultant in drug user health and harm reduction who recently founded Higher Ground Harm Reduction, which is focused at the intersection of harm reduction and climate change/systems disruption; Mindy Vincent, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in mental health and addiction treatment and the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition; and Brandie Wilson, the moderator, who is the Executive Director of the Chicago Recovery Alliance."
Police Brutality and Community Relations. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony recently on “Police Use of Force and Community Relations.” On this edition of Century of Lies we hear from some of the witnesses including S. Lee Merritt, a civil rights activist and attorney with Merritt Law Firm of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Rev. Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., President of Grimke Seminary, Co-Director of Church in Hard Places Acts29, and Pastor for Church Planting at Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia; and Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Plus we hear from US Senator Cory Booker, Democrat from New Jersey.
T he House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 10, 2020 entitled Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability. We’ll hear from some of the witnesses, including: Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center; and Professor Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity.
Outreach work and COVID-19. Correlation – European Harm Reduction Network recently brought together a panel of experts to share insights on recent developments in their harm reduction practices, the challenges experienced by their communities, and the impact of COVID19 on operations. We’ll hear from Jane Mounteney, Head of the Public Health Unit at the European Union’s drugs agency, the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction; Sara Woods, Policy Officer at the Mainline Foundation; and Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project in Dublin.
The Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Federal Priorities recently released a report entitled “Next Steps: An Agenda for Federal Action on Safety and Justice.” We hear from two Task Force members, Eddie Bocanegra, Senior Director of READI Chicago, and Nancy LaVigne, Vice President for Justice Policy at the Urban Institute. Plus, the Oregon Legislature’s Interim House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on COVID-19 within the state’s prison system. We hear from two of the witnesses, Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, and Tim Woolery, Oregon AFSCME Council 75 Corrections Coordinator.
This week on Century of Lies: the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of services to people who use drugs. This week on Century: How COVID-19 is shaping the future of drug services in Europe, featuring: Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project in Dublin, Ireland; Mat Southwell, a Partner at CoAct Expertise in Drug Use and HIV, located in Bath, England, and a Project Manager with the European Network of People Who Use Drugs; and Phaedon Kaloterakis, President of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities.
The COVID crisis is having a particularly deadly impact within the criminal justice system. Unfortunately systems are slow to change, institutional inertia and the unwillingness of policymakers to do the right thing - quite literally a deadly combination. On this week's Century we hear from a panel of experts including Dr. Rashawn Ray from the University of Maryland and the Brookings Institution; Dr. Annelies Goger, also with the Brookings Institution; Marcus Bullock, founder and CEO of Flikshop; and Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute.
This week on Century, it's part two of our conversation with Doug Fine, the farmer, hemp activist, journalist, and author whose new book American Hemp Farmer has just been released by Chelsea Green Publishing; plus we hear from Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, on human rights and the drug war.
This week on Century of Lies, part one of our conversation with the journalist, hemp activist and farmer Doug Fine. We talk about hemp, renewable agriculture, farming, CBD, and Doug's new book American Hemp Farmer. Plus we hear from Louis L. Reed, national organizer for #Cut50, on COVID in prisons.
This week on Century of Lies: Penal Reform International’s Director of Policy and International Advocacy Olivia Rope with an overview of PRI’s new report Global Prison Trends 2020, and ACLU National Prison Project Senior Staff Attorney Eunice Cho discusses COVID-19 threats to detention center and prison populations.
This week on Century of Lies, a discussion about COVID-19 and jails, specifically Rikers Island in New York, featuring Marcus Brown, an individual recently released from Rikers; New York State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley; Tahanee Dunn, Prisoner Rights Attorney with the Bronx Defenders Prisoners' Rights Project; Corey Stoughton, Attorney-In-Charge of Special Litigation at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY; Lorenzo Jones, Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice; and Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University's Justice Lab.
This week on Century of Lies: Prisons, jails, and pandemic. In this time of pandemic, correctional institutions are like Petri dishes in which the novel coronavirus COVID-19 grows and spreads. Public health experts and criminal justice advocates around the nation are demanding that jails and prisons release some of the people being held behind bars in order to stop or at least slow the spread of this deadly disease. The organization Just Leadership USA recently held a web seminar on COVID-19 and the New York City jail on Riker’s Island. We hear portions of that seminar on today’s show, including: Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate for the City of New York; Doctor Bobby Cohen, member of the New York City Board of Correction; Marlene Aloe, whose son is being held on Rikers Island awaiting a retrial; Janet, whose son is being held on Rikers awaiting sentencing; and Tahanee Dunn from Bronx Public Defenders. We also hear from Nick Turner, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice.
This week, we bring you an archive edition from August 30, 2015. It’s one our of Hempfest specials. Seattle Hempfest is a brilliant event, bringing together a couple hundred thousand beautiful freedom loving marijuana legalizing drug policy reforming people to a few mile stretch of park land along Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. Speakers include CA attorney Bill Panzer, Montana medical marijuana activist Kari Boiter, and Canadian attorney John Conroy. Hempfest is still scheduled for August this year and the good lord willin’ we’ll actually have that event once again, but for now, while we’re sheltered in place in self-quarantine trying to survive this novel coronavirus, COVID-19, let’s go back to August of 2015 and Seattle Hempfest.
This week on Century of Lies: Harm reduction for stimulant users, featuring Mike Discepola with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Mindy Vincent with the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition, Isaac Jackson with the Urban Survivor’s Union, Shilo Hassan Jama with the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, Daniel Raymond with the Harm Reduction Coalition, and Lindsay LaSalle with the Drug Policy Alliance.
This week on Century of Lies: the Philadelphia City Council is considering a bill that could prevent a local nonprofit from setting up a supervised consumption facility. We hear from Philly Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and harm reduction advocates Brooke Feldman, Devin Reaves, and Bill Kinkley. Plus, new research shows that alcohol deaths are on the rise in the US.
This week on Century of Lies: An effort is underway in Oregon to decriminalize simple possession of drugs, we hear audio from the launch event and interviews with harm reduction activists Haven Wheelock, Bobby Byrd, and Dr. Andy Seaman. Plus, the International Narcotics Control Board recently released its annual report so we'll hear INCB President Cornelis de Joncheere speaking about Afghanistan, human rights, the death penalty, and whether nations should consider whether the Conventions are fit for purpose.
This week on Century we speak with longtime activist, journalist, and radio producer Lisa Loving about her book Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News In Your Community. Plus we hear from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko about the costly ongoing failure that is US war in Afghanistan.
The city of Baltimore is one of the US cities discussing how to set up supervised consumption facilities and overdose prevention sites. On today's Century we hear from Christa Daring, Executive Director of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA; Rajani Gudlavalletti, Community Organizing Manager with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition; and Liz Bement, a resident of Baltimore whose son died of an overdose in 2019.
This week on Century of Lies: The city of Baltimore considers supervised consumption facilities; the state of Indiana takes a step backward in public health; and we hear from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services about the benefits of syringe service programs.
On this edition of Century of Lies, we speak with Devin Reaves, MSW, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. Plus more from our conversation with Professor Kerwin Kaye, author of Enforcing Freedom: Drug Courts, Therapeutic Communities, and the Intimacies of the State.
On this edition of Century of Lies, it’s part one of our conversation with Kerwin Kaye, an associate professor of sociology, American studies, and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University. Professor Kaye is the author of a new book published by Columbia University Press, entitled Enforcing Freedom: Drug Courts, Therapeutic Communities, and the Intimacies of the State.
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing January 14 entitled “A Public Health Emergency: State Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis.” On this edition of Century of Lies we hear from: Jennifer Smith, Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner of Public Health at the Mass. Dept. of Public Health; Christina Mullins, Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health at West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources; Kody Kinsley, Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services; and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The state of New York's Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction, and Overdose Prevention has been holding a series of hearings around the state to hear from stakeholders on strategies for reducing overdoses, improving individual and community health, and addressing the consequences of drug use. On this week's show, we hear testimony from Ronald Anderson with the Katal Center, Cortney Lovell with Our Wellness Collective, Keith Brown with the Katal Center, and Dionna King with the Drug Policy Alliance. Plus, New York City's Public Advocate Jumaane Williams spoke at a rally on Tuesday Jan 7th to show support for bail reform.