JOIN US for Beyond Binary: Rethinking Cannabis and Solutions to the Overdose Crisis!

⏰ Friends in the NYC area, SAVE THE DATE for Beyond Binary: Rethinking Cannabis and Solutions to the Overdose Crisis!

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Tue, November 26, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Brooklyn Law School
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please JOIN US for a not-to-be-missed, illuminating and thought-provoking afternoon at Brooklyn Law School with Harry Nelson, the nation’s leading healthcare attorney and the author of “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain”; award-winning neuroscience journalist and the author of “Unbroken Brain,” Maia Szalavitz; and harm reduction pioneer, Joseph Turner, the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Exponents!

Our featured experts will explore the interwoven topics of how approaches to the Overdose Crisis are informed by cannabis reform, and the ongoing evolution of policy. The event is FREE and SEATS ARE LIMITED. (Refreshments and snacks will be served!) Sign up now!

Repping the Family Voice at DPA’s Reform Conference!

What:  Repping the Family Voice at DPA’s Reform Conference!

When: November 6-9, 2019
Where: St. Louis, MO
http://www.reformconference.org/
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Why: Families for Sensible Drug Policy will be repping the family voice at Drug Policy Alliance’s Reform conference! Carol Katz Beyer and FSDP Secretary-Treasurer Rory Fleming will both be present to speak to harm reduction advocates across the nation and world about our innovative programs like Family Drug Support! We will also be attending to meet with other Open Society Foundations grantees for an upcoming push in New Jersey to replace tough love approaches with evidence-based public health endeavors and compassionate policies.

Rally to Demand Cuomo Apologize, Sign Lifesaving Bill!

What:  Rally to Demand Cuomo Apologize, Sign Lifesaving Bill!

When: Tuesday, 10/29 @ 11:30  
Where: Cuomo’s NYC Office- 633 3rd Ave (meet at Plaza across the street)
Trains: 4/5/6 to Grand Central   
Why:
Last Tuesday, the harm reduction community held a rally in response to Governor Cuomo’s stalling on signing this lifesaving legislation–the only overdose prevention bill for low-income NYers that passed last session, and with bipartisan support at that. In response to our rally, Cuomo’s Senior Advisor and spokesperson said, “I’ll put this administration’s record of fighting the opioid epidemic against anyone else’s. Spare me the rantings of the Advocacy Industrial Complex and whomever funds them.” 
 
Coalition partners, family members from across the state, and our member-leaders found these statements to be tone-deaf, spitting in the face of the grief and anger we unite around to end this crisis. In response to these statements from the Governor’s office and his continued inaction on signing the bill that would expand access to lifesaving treatment, we are all returning to his office to DEMAND AN APOLOGY THROUGH HIS SIGNATURE ON THE BILL
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Building Communities of Recovery, National Conference & Expo on Sunday, 9/22/19 at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta, GA!

💊Join 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. https://lnkd.in/eQksTMS

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Click here to REGISTER NOW! https://lnkd.in/eStaX5W

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: HretEducation@njha.com 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!

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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.

 

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

EVENT: 🌎 2019 NYC Support. Don’t 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. https://lnkd.in/eBNhapw #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 http://bit.ly/2wJDHoW.

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

⏰SAVE THE DATE!


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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