PAINWeek Welcomes Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD, as Keynote Speaker at 2014 Conference

Press Release August 26, 2014
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Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, today announced that Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD, will deliver the Keynote Address at PAINWeek 2014. Dr. Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. As a longtime proponent of drug policy reform, both domestically and internationally, he has played a pivotal role in discussions and policy initiatives concerned with pharmaceutical legislation and drug sentencing, prevention of overdose fatalities, and marijuana policy. His address, entitled “The Sound and the Fury: What Ending the Drug War Looks Like,” will be delivered as part of the Welcome Proceedings on Wednesday, September 3, at 6:30 pm.

Nadelmann received his BA, JD, and PhD in political science from Harvard, as well as an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for 7 years. He has authored 2 books—Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing the Globe—and his writings have appeared in most major media outlets in the US as well as top academic journals. He has played a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists and to elected officials in the US and internationally.

“It’s hard to find anyone who still says they support the ‘war on drugs,’ yet the harsh legacy of that war lingers on,” said Dr. Nadelmann. “What’s needed now is a vision for a new drug control policy grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights.”

Debra Weiner, Director of Program Development for PAINWeek, commented: “We are excited to welcome Ethan Nadelmann back to PAINWeek as our Keynote Speaker. His experience and that of his organization in influencing the course of drug policy reform in ballot initiatives nationwide makes him uniquely qualified to offer new ideas that can benefit all stakeholders in the pain management arena.”

About PAINWeek

PAINWeek is the largest US pain conference for frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management. Convening at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for its 8th year on September 2-6, 2014, PAINWeek expects to welcome over 2000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Over 120 hours of continuing medical education activities will be presented. To learn more and register for PAINWeek 2014, visit

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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