Building Communities of Recovery, National Conference & Expo on Sunday, 9/22/19 at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta, GA!

ūüíäJoin FSDP advisory board member,¬†Harry Nelson¬†– Attorney Author, The United States of Opioids and other featured guest luminaries for the Building Communities of Recovery, National Conference & Expo on Sunday, 9/22/19 at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta, GA!

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Harry Nelson is a leading expert on America’s healthcare future and is frequently called on to make sense of the most complex aspects of our healthcare system, delivering valuable insights for healthcare providers, government, consumers, employers, and investors. He is the founder of Nelson Hardiman, the largest healthcare law firm in Los Angeles, and advises regulators on the most sensitive and challenging emerging health policy issues. He was one of the first lawyers in the country to develop a framework for compliance in cannabis, helping to shape California law and pushing for expanded clinical research on other plant-based controlled substances, and continues to play a leading role in the expansion of telehealth and machine learning in medicine. He has also played a key role in education and advocacy, including his leadership of the Behavioral Health Association of Providers.

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Stand With Safehouse!

Where? U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

When: NOON, Sept. 5, 2019

FSDP is making the family voice heard loud and clear in front of the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia! We are holding a mass gathering and protest on its steps, while the second hearing in U.S. v. Safehouse proceeded inside. The lawsuit could potentially make Overdose Prevention Sites legal, but the U.S. Department of Justice is fighting against proven harm reduction services that have saved lives in other countries.

Carol and FSDP Board Member Rory Fleming are speaking to the people gathered about why these sites are so crucial and why we need them immediately.

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Fighting Stigma to End the Overdose Epidemic – A Harm Reduction Workshop

In preparation for International Overdose Awareness Day, join the Families for Sensible Drug Policy and the New Jersey Department of Health for an interactive Harm Reduction Workshop!

Date: Wednesday, August 21

Time: 9:00am-2:30pm

Location: War Memorial 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ

As NJ DOH¬†explains that¬†“Harm reduction is a life-saving, evidence-based public health tool for New Jersey communities.”

FSDP President Carol Katz Beyer will be in attendance and is honored to be representing the family voice at the event. She will join national experts and local leaders about how harm reduction can prevent overdose deaths, reduce drug-related stigma, decrease transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C, and promote the dignity and health of all people with substance use disorder.

REGISTRATION IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL: to be added to the waitlist.

FSDP Representing the Family Voice Worldwide!

carol1Families for Sensible Drug Policy is humbled and proud to share the news of a special recognition and milestone! President and co-founder, Carol Katz Beyer is honored and privileged to have been selected to represent the family voice in the 2019 Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual report!

(Left: Carol with Tony Trimingham, Founder of Family Drug Support in Australia)

Her testimony about losing two of her beloved sons to fatal overdoses was featured [along with only six other people from around the world] to spotlight the harms inflicted upon our families through prohibition and the War on Drugs.

carolThe scheduling of substances directly impacts families by criminalizing and stigmatizing our loved ones who use drugs, while heavily promoting and profiting off of other legal (but dangerous) drugs like alcohol.

The report was presented on June 26, 2019 in Vienna to coincide with the World Drug Report. The full report is now available for download to readers worldwide, and available in six different languages.





2019 NYC Support.Don’t Punish Global Day of Action

EVENT:¬†ūüĆ鬆2019 NYC Support. Don‚Äôt Punish Global Day of Action

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Leading Organizations: The NY NGO Committee on Drugs, Harm Reduction Coalition, Treatment Action Center, Drug Policy Alliance, Families for Sensible Drug Policy, StoptheDrugWar, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and others

Support.Don’t Punish is held around the world every year to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Last year the campaign was held in over 200 cities, across over 150 countries! The SDP campaign aims to promote drug policy reform, and to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions with a prioritization of public health and human rights.

This year we will gather outside United Nations Headquarters and call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ newly formed UN System Coordination Task Team for global leadership to address the ongoing global health and human rights crisis among people who use drugs.

The New York event will be held following the launch of UNODC’s World Drug Report. Please JOIN US at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, East 47th Street and 1st Avenue, at 1:30pm June 26th, opposite United Nations headquarters. #supportdontpunish

June 8th forum on marijuana regulation in Peekskill, NY

Our amazing panel from Saturday June 8th forum on marijuana regulation in Peekskill. Many thanks to Peekskill City Councilmember Vanessa Agudelo and Peekskill NAACP for organizing it, and my co-panelists attorney Saad Siddiqui, parent Lisa Tane, Black Westchester publisher Damon K. Jones and Nelson Guerrero of Cannabis Cultural Association. A very friendly and receptive audience, one more example of changing the narrative.

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Livestream of the event is available at

A Conversation About Marijuana Regulation (Pace Univ., June 4)


Friends in the NYC area, please join us at Pace University on June 4 for an enlightening and thought-provoking conversation with friends and stakeholders!

We are excited to bring our communities together with a panel of guest experts who invite you to join in the conversation on Marijuana Regulation.

Steve Rabinowitz,¬†FSDP’s Vice President and the former Director of Downstate Field Operations at the New York State¬†Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will be moderating!

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2nd Annual Shifting the Addiction Paradigm: Compassionate Pragmatism

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Friends, please share with your community of addiction professionals! Student discount available!

Join harm reduction pioneer and FSDP board member, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and other featured guest experts for an enlightening and thought provoking conversation! Learn how you can transform your practice and support our families through the lens of public health and compassion.

We know there is a paradigm shift ‚Äď long in coming — occurring in today‚Äôs addiction field.

And we know what that new wave of thought brings with it: psychotherapeutic values that place each person at the center of change, an agent in their own lives, making their own decisions; a resulting focus on helping a person contemplate their situation rather than cajoling or even coercing them to change; and a belief that their attachments to others, in large part, determine their habits, which in turn leads to looking at the quality of the communities surrounding people dealing with addiction, at where and whether these communities offer opportunities to connect, feel valued, and contribute.


Come see us at Scandinavia House in NYC to learn about Innovations in Treatment!

Exciting news! FSDP is bringing communities together to empower families, restore health and save lives!

Thanks to the generosity of friends and partners around the world we are making the family voice heard and we want to share the message of harm reduction by spotlighting the work from all of the wonderful organizations whose contributions are vital to our mission.

FSDP Board Member Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will be presenting at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York City on April 12 during an all-day panel discussion hosted by the NY State Psychological Association. The event is titled Addiction Treatment At The Crossroads: Clinical Innovations, and presenters will discuss how the rise in opioid use and introduction of medical marijuana and psychedelics into clinical practice is revolutionizing the addiction treatment field.

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FSDP will have a table, so please come to this event and say hi to our board members! 

To Register, Please click here for the NYSPA Website. Licensed Social Workers and Addiction Professionals will get Continuing Education credits for attending. The event is also co-sponsored by the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at The New School for Social Research

We invite everyone to send us any relevant materials that you would like to share as a resource and we will get the word out and let folks know how they can find you! Please email me; for details and thanks so much for inspiring so many through the lens of public health and compassion. Together, we can make a difference!¬†‚̧

In Solidarity and Health,

Carol, Mary Kay, Andrew, Steve, Rory

Overdose Prevention Centers: Promoting Health and Harm Reduction

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FSDP is committed to bringing our communities together, empowering families, restoring health and saving lives.  Help us end overdose! We are privileged to co-sponsor this enlightening and transformative event on April 5 at the College of New Jersey. Please visit us at our exhibit table and learn how you can help support families impacted by substance use.

Join us to learn from an expert panel of public health officials, researchers, legal experts, and community leaders on innovations in overdose prevention.

Admission is free, but space is limited — please RSVP to reserve your spot!¬†Press interested in attending should e-mail

Facilitated by: Sandy Gibson, PhD, Professor, The College of New Jersey & Roseanne Scotti, Esq., State Director, New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance

Panelists include:

  • Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Deputy Speaker, New Jersey Legislature
  • Kassandra Frederique, MSW, State Director, New York, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Rev. Dr. Leslie Robin Harrison, Pastor, Mt. Zion Church, Riverton, NJ
  • Jill Anne LaZare, Esq., Parent advocate & New Jersey resident
  • Russell Maynard, Insite Director, PHS Community Services Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Devin Reaves, MSW, Certified Recovery Specialist & New Jersey resident
  • Sheila P. Vakharia, PhD, Policy Manager, Office of Academic Engagement, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Jeanette Bowles, DrPH, MSW, Director of Research and Community Engagement, Safehouse, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rachael Evans, MD,¬†Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton, NJ

Additional panelists to be announced.

Free networking lunch to follow the event at 1:00, and free parking and CEUs for those who register in advance via Eventbrite.

Co-sponsored by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Drug Policy Alliance, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Center for Optimal Living, Families for Sensible Drug Policy, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of New Jersey, New Leaders Council РNew Jersey, North Jersey Community Research Initiative, Prevention Resource Network, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, and Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.