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.
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
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
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.
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.