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Ending the US Overdose Crisis: lessons from other times and places

The US is in the midst of a major public health crisis. Tens of thousands of deaths are directly attributable to overdose over the past two decades and no end is in sight.


Reeling from the failures of the “war on drugs”, many argue for new approaches grounded more firmly in public health and human centred drug policies. Some of the world’s leading experts on this topic discussed how the US can learn from the lessons of past policy failures and create policies that provide greater hope to help end the overdose crisis.




Michel Kazatchkine (@Kazatchkine) is Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy





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Katherine Pettus (@kpettus) is Advocacy Officer, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.





Peter Reuter

Peter Reuter is Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland.






Denise Tomasini-Joshi (@DMTJoshi) is a division director with the Open Society Public Health Program, where she leads the program’s work on health, law, and equality around the globe.








John Collins (@JCollinsIDPU) is Executive Director of the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU)


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This event was held on 22 October 2019.



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