Department of Research and Academic Engagement – Events

Conferences and Convenings

DRAE has hosts conferences and convenings across the nation highlighting current drug use trends, harm reduction needs, research challenges, and cross-cutting policy reform issues. These events have been attended by hundreds of attendees and have served to move forward conversations about research, harm reduction, and drug policy reform.

The convenings have brought together researchers, academics, and people who use drugs to discuss research ethics, limitations of the current research environment, and strategies to better harmonize research measures. The conferences have highlighted cutting edge research while also uplifting the voices of people most impacted by the drug war. Recent conferences have focused on New Psychoactive Substances, explored the racialized impact of the drug war, highlighted harm reduction for stimulant drug use, and promoted strategies to address the overdose crisis in upstate New York.

Past Conferences

Research for Policy Change: A Zoom Series for Advocates, Journalists, and Policymakers – Online – May 2020

Coercive Treatment — Moving Beyond “For Your Own Good” – San Francisco, CA – May 2019

Drug Use in Upstate New York: Strategies for Change and Reducing the Harms – Binghamton, NY – May 2018

Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions – Los Angeles, CA – September 2017

White Faces Black Lives Conference – New York, NY – October 2016

New Strategies for New Psychoactive Substances: A Public Health Approach – New York, NY – June 2016

Past Convenings

Ethics, Expertise, and Experience Meeting – New York, NY – February 2018

Safe Consumption Site Data Harmonization Convening – Dallas, TX – January 2018

UnBounded Knowledge: Envisioning a New Future for Drug Policy Research – Washington, DC – December 2017

Monthly Virtual Drug Researchers' Roundtables

DRAE and SUNY-Stonybrook present the Drug Researchers’ Roundtable, a monthly virtual meeting for academics and researchers in the field of drug policy, criminology, and addiction and related fields to present their work to fellow scholars, academics, researchers, and drug policy advocates.

Researchers will be selected to briefly present on current research and engage in open discussion with the participants, to cultivate interdisciplinary conversations, foster a space for sharing information and feedback on research, while deepening knowledge and expertise of those working within drug policy. You can follow along with the hashtag #DrugResearchersRT.

Upcoming Roundtable

La Guerra en contra de las Drogas en la Colonia más Antigua del Mundo - El Narcoestado en Puerto Rico y su Impacto Comunitario – Online – September 2021

Watch our past roundtables on YouTube.

Quarterly Briefings by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

DRAE hosts quarterly briefings where the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will share new research, in order to facilitate more conversations between researchers, policy advocates, and service providers.

Watch our past briefings on YouTube.