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“REDUCING HARM AND BUILDING COMMUNITIES: ADDRESSING DRUG USE IN THE SOUTH” CONFERENCE: Bob Scott and Leigh Maddox

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Date:
September 8, 2011
End Date:
September 9, 2011
Speaker:
Location:
RTI International
Address:
RTI International, 3040 East Cornwallis Rd, Research Triangle Park, NC, United States

This evet takes place September 8th to the 9th, 2011

Leigh Maddox will be on a panel on law enforcement. Conference web site: http://nchrc.net/NCHRC/Conference_on_Drug_Use_in_the_South.html

On Thursday, Sept 8th & Friday, Sept 9th, leaders of Southern nonprofits, human rights groups, policy makers, concerned citizens, public health officials and academics will gather to discuss drug use and sex work in the South and its implications for communities. Members of law enforcement and the N.C. legislature will join active sex workers and drug users on topics such as social justice, strategies to prevent HIV and hepatitis among drug users, overdose prevention, pill use in the South, drug policy reform, and syringe exchange. Other key discussion areas include drug use among migrant workers, sex workers, military veterans and people of transgender experience. With North Carolina having over 230,000 crack smokers and injection drug users, 17 million prescriptions for oxycodone issued for the state’s 9 million residents, and with drug overdose as NC’s 4th leading cause of death for 18-50 year olds, drug use and its effects permeate each of our communities. The conference will bring together progressive and conservative activists & Democrats and members of the Tea Party, as well as organizations such as Human Rights Watch, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Sex Workers Without Borders, UNC, Duke, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Women with A Vision and Atlanta Harm Reduction to foster discussion and to look for solutions. “I have seen the violent impact of the drug war from the perspective of a journalist and a law enforcement officer,” says conference speaker Bob Scott, former Captain at the Macon County Sheriff’s office. “Now as the ravages of the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweep through our communities, felling loved ones who have become addicted, I say there is something we can do to turn the tide.”