Anyone’s Child and the Transform Drug Policy Foundation hosted a webinar recently entitled Take Drugs Seriously: Voices on the ground. On this week’s show we hear from some of the speakers, including Penny McCanny, the mother of Aidan and a campaigner with Anyone’s Child; Peter Krykant, a harm reduction activist from Scotland and the founder of Glasgow’s Safe Injecting Van; and Chris Rintoul, a social worker who works as a drugs and alcohol consultant with Extern, a social justice charity in Ireland. Plus, Vinay Krishnan, national field organizer with the Center for Popular Democracy, on harm reduction, stigma, faith, and public policy.
Katal Center Turns Five The Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice turns five this year. To celebrate, they’ve begun hosting a series of public dialogues about the broad themes that drive their work: equity, health, and justice. The first of those dialogues was held March 29. On this edition of Century of Lies we hear from Kenyatta Thompson, Katal Center Director of Organizing; Lorenzo Jones, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center; and Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons recently held a hearing on The Future of UK Music Festivals. One panel looked at ways to reduce possible drug-related harms, including the possibility of drug safety testing at festivals and other events. This week on Century of Lies we hear from some of the witnesses including Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby with the Staffordshire Police, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and Professor Fiona Measham, PhD, Chair in Criminology at the University of Liverpool and director and co-founder of The Loop.
The state of New Mexico is considering how to authorize and open supervised consumption facilities in that state, we hear from the chief sponsor of House Bill 123, NM State Representative Deborah Armstrong, and Emily Kaltenbach with the Drug Policy Alliance. Plus we hear from Joy Olson, former director of the Washington Office on Latin America, on “Challenges in US/Mexico/Central America Policy at the Beginning of the Biden Administration.”
The Clean Slate NY campaign launched at the end of February. We hear from several members of the coalition including Quintin Cross from the Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition, Zaki Smith from the organization Next 100, the Reverend Kevin Van Hook from Riverside Church in New York City, NY State Senator Jamaal Bailey, Chair of the New York State Senate Codes Committee, and NY State Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, lead sponsor in the Assembly of a bill that would seal and automatically expunge the criminal records of qualifying New Yorkers.
The Association of British Muslims recently held a discussion on drugs policy. On this edition of Century we hear from two of the featured speakers: Neil Woods, formerly an undercover police officer in the UK who is now a leading reform activist and member of the organization Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and Khalid Massud, formerly a police inspector general in Pakistan. Plus, UN Secretary General António Guterres on human rights.
The Washington Legislature is considering House Bill 1499 - Providing behavioral health system responses to individuals with substance use disorder. Their House Public Safety Committee held a hearing on the bill on Feb. 12. On this edition of Century we hear from some of the witnesses who testified, including: Meg Martin, executive director of Interfaith Works in Olympia, Washington; Meta Hogan, program administrator at Gather Church in Centralia, Washington; Adam Cornell, the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County, Washington; Dan Satterberg, the elected Prosecuting Attorney for King County, Washington; Ruth Driefuss, former president of Switzerland; Doctor João Goulão, Portuguese Drugs and Alcohol National Coordinator and Director General of the Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies General Directorate (SICAD); and Doctor Caitlin Hughes, associate professor of criminology and drug policy at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.
This week on Century: Homelessness and Substance Use. We hear from Geert De Bolle with Housing First LAB in Belgium and Cristiana Merendeiro with Associação Crescer in Portugal. They spoke recently on a webinar held by the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction entitled “Responding to drugs and homelessness: innovative approaches in Europe.”
This week on Century of Lies: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on harm reduction, supervised consumption facilities, heroin assisted treatment, and the need to end stigma and treat people who use drugs with dignity and respect. Plus, we hear from Dawn Wooten, LPN, a nurse at a detention center in Ocilla, Georgia, who was demoted after raising concerns about inadequate medical care.
This week on Century: Faith, Community, and Harm Reduction. We hear from Naomi Burke-Shyne, Executive Director of Harm Reduction International, about The Global State of Harm Reduction; we hear more about harm reduction from Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, Associate Dean for Social Justice and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; plus, some thoughts about recent events from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Health Poverty Action recently held a webinar series entitled “A World With Drugs: Legal Regulation Through A Development Lens.” On this edition of Century of Lies we hear a portion of the most recent webinar in that series, which was entitled “Community Participation and Legal Regulation.” Speakers include Ann Fordham, the executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, who facilitated the panel; Charan Sharma, a Program Manager with the Drug Use & Harm Reduction Alliance in India; and Emma Campbell, an activist with the Alliance for Choice in Northern Ireland.