Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) was excited to be a part of the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference November 18-21 in the Washington DC metro area.
Convened bi-annually by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), this year’s Reform Conference was the biggest ever, bringing together 1500 people from over 70 countries. FSDP had an exhibit table sponsored by Practical Recovery, offering us the opportunity to educate attendees about our work and connect with national and global organizations to explore collaboration possibilities.
DPA’s Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann’s keynote speech acknowledged the drug policy reform movement’s progress so far and challenged us to raise the bar by framing the drug policy reform movement as first and foremost a human rights movement. Co-founder Carol Beyer and I came away from the conference with a clearer understanding about the need for FSDP to continue projects that will reduce the harmful consequences of the drug war on our communities by the effects on our communities that include the intersection of mass incarceration, poverty, race, class, and gender.
A highlight for us was attending National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)‘s Community Session where Executive Director Lynn Paltrow and her staff shared their work protecting the rights of women whose lives and their families were destroyed by oppressive drug policies. We learned how some child welfare systems participate in this destruction by incorrectly correlating parenting ability and substance use.
I had the honor of being on several panels, including the Youth Policy track panel, “What’s a Parent to Do When Youthful Experimentation Goes Awry”, where I offered a harm reduction approach to parenting teens. (at left)
We were asked to participate on a panel at the screening of the film “The Business of Recovery”, (at right) (cncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncncnxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmxmx
Co-Founder Carol Katz Beyer and I had a pre-panel pow-wow with Jerry Otero, DPA’s Youth Policy Manager (below right); and harm reduction pioneer Patt Denning, co-author of Over The Influence, stopped by our booth to share the latest news on ways our families and I had tion treatment pioneers and xlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxlxxlxlxlxlxlxlxlx
FSDP hosted a Community Session, “Bringing Communities Together: Family-Centered Harm Reduction and Drug Policy for the 21st Century” and participated in the “Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Providers for Sensible Drug Policy Town Hall Meeting”, hosted byDr. Andrew Tatarsky and Douglas Greene.
We look forward