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 meeting for academics and researchers in the field of drug policy, criminology, and addiction and related fields to present their work to fellow New York based 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.
The Rural/Urban Divide: Acknowledging Differences to Build Solidarity – Online – June 2020
“Hold Your Gut:” Black Drug Using Women Break Their Silence on Treatment – Online – May 2020
The Body: From "Citizen" to "Con" to "Ex-Con" in the Age of Reentry – Online – April 2020
Carceral Livelihoods in Puerto Rico – March 2020
Medicaid Expansion as a Pathway to Health and Housing Justice – New York, NY – February 2020
Enforcing Freedom: Drug Courts, Therapeutic Communities, and the Intimacies of the State – New York, NY – January 2020
Preparing for the Future of Fentanyl – New York, NY – December 2019
Concomitant Use of Opioids and Methamphetamine or Molly: Findings from Two Mixed Methods Studies in Upstate New York – New York, NY – November 2019
Circumstances of Overdose Among Street-involved Women: Drug, Set, and Setting – New York, NY – October 2019
Misdemeanorland: Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing – New York, NY – September 2019
Book Talk and Q&A with Ben Westhoff, Author of Fentanyl, Inc. – New York, NY – September 2019
Screening of Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone – New York, NY – July 2019
Capitalist Crises, the Politics of Class Hegemony, and the Opioid Epidemic – New York, NY – June 2019
Drug Use Among Construction Workers: Opportunities for Harm Reduction – New York, NY – April 2019
Criminal Record Expungement in the Big Data Age – New York, NY – March 2019
The Origins of Cocaine: Colonization and Failed Development in the Amazon Andes – New York, NY – January 2019
Where Medicine is Contraband: Examining the Use of Buprenorphine in Jails and Prisons – New York, NY – November 2018
New Interventions for Young Adults in NYC Using Opioids – New York, NY – October 2018
Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries – New York, NY – September 2018
The Limits of Police Reform – New York, NY – March 2018
Naloxone as a Technology of Solidarity in the History of Opioid Overdose and Overdose Prevention – New York, NY – February 2018
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.
Chemsex and Crystal Meth Use Among LGBTQ+ Communities in New York City – New York, NY – October 2019
2018 Overdose Data – New York, NY – September 2019
Assessing and Mitigating Risk: Exposure to Fentanyl in New York City – New York, NY – June 2019
Race, Risk, and Stigma: Drug Courts and Public Injection in New York City – New York, NY – February 2019
Overdose Deaths in New York City: Shifting Demographics and New Responses – New York, NY – October 2018
Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) Initiative and the South Bronx – New York, NY – April 2018
Responding to Fentanyl in New York City – New York, NY – July 2018