Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

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The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement and the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in downtown Winston-Salem.  The event, which is scheduled to be live webcast, is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

The symposium will explore the War on Drugs, which, after four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize is both ineffective and counterproductive, according to event coordinators.

The symposium will also look at the “tough on crime” policies that have led to massive increases in incarceration and provide the context for the history of what lead to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over-prescription.

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, will join Maddie deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, and Greg Newbern, director of State Policy, Families Against Mandatory Minimums,  for the discussion, “The Criminal Justice Response to the Drug Problem.”

Additionally, Professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will moderate a rountable discussion called, “Rethinking: Policy, Treatment, and Other Solutions.”

The discussion, “Addiction, Epidemiology, Medical System Response,” will include Dr. Michael A. Nader, “The Nature and Role of Addiction”; Dr. Mark Wolfson, “The Epidemiology of the Opiod Epidemic”; Dr. Robert Hurley, “Physician Opioid Prescribing Regulation” and Dr. Margaret Rukstalis, “The Medical System Response: Treatment.”

Finally, “The View from Ground Zero: Wilmington, N.C.” discussion will be moderated by Tarrah Callahan and include the Honorable J.H. Corpening II, chief district court judge of New Hanover County, N.C., and Dr, Joseph Pino, director of UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

To register for this event, click here.