Colorado New Directions Conference: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy

Press Release June 2, 2013
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Denver, CO – Colorado community leaders will join drug policy experts, treatment providers, law enforcement and formerly incarcerated people to deliberate the direction of Colorado’s ground-breaking drug policy reforms at “New Directions Colorado: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy,” a statewide conference to be held December 6, at Denver’s Embassy Suites Convention Center. The day-long, public symposium will convene state leaders alongside policy experts to explore a comprehensive, balanced approach to drug policy in Colorado, an approach that recognizes that successful strategies include prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement in an effort to increase public health and safety.

Recently Colorado became one of the first states to tax and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use. The state also has adopted overdose prevention efforts such as Good Samaritan policies, and immunity for the distribution and administration of the opiate antagonist, naloxone.  In the aftermath of such forward-thinking reforms, the conference will offer answers to many questions, including: how can Colorado ensure proper implementation of these reforms? What can we learn from reformers across the globe?  What new roles can the public health community play in drug policy efforts moving forward?

One hundred fifty to two hundred stakeholders from around the state will come together to listen to and engage with community leaders and experts about:

The event is free and lunch will be provided.

Confirmed speakers include:

What: New Directions Conference: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy
When: Thursday June 6, 2013  —  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., reception to follow
Where: Embassy Suites Convention Center 1420 Stout St., Denver, CO 80202
Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

New Directions: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy

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