Department of Research and Academic Engagement – Events

Conferences and Convenings

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.

Past Conferences

Research for Policy Change: A Zoom Series for Advocates, Journalists, and Policymakers – Online – May 2020

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

Past Convenings

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

Monthly Drug Researchers' Roundtables in NYC

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.

Upcoming Roundtables

Surveilling Methadone: COVID-19 and Future Directions – Online – August 2020

Past Roundtables

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

That Other Opioid Epidemic: Documenting the History of the Opioid Crisis in New York's Puerto Rican and Latinx Communities – New York, NY – May 2018

Drug Politics, Pariahs, and Political Subjects: Historiographical Notes Toward a Harm Reduction of Color Critique – New York, NY – April 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

Quarterly Briefings by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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.

Past Briefings

Substance Use and Responses During COVID-19 – Online – July 2020

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