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Panel Discussion on Harm Reduction and Diverting Drug Users to Treatment with LEAD- January 29 - Noo

Please join us for a free workshop on 1/29/18 from 12-2 in the School of Social Work Auditorium sponsored by the School of Social Work, the SSW’s Center for Addiction Research, Education, and Services (CARES), and the School of Medicine. The criminalization of drug use and addiction in Baltimore and across the United States has contributed to the highest rates of incarceration in the world. Much is known about the devastating effect this approach has had, especially on under-resourced families and communities, and these lasting effects fuel a growing recognition of the urgency to address addiction and attendant crime through a public health lens. This workshop introduces the basic tenets of Harm Reduction, a practice rooted in public health principles, and how it can save lives and heal communities. Baltimore City’s LEAD program, which replicates a Seattle program now being funded and replicated in cities across the country, is used as a local example to discuss the challenges and potential for collaboration among the city behavioral health agencies, police, and communities affected by the War on Drugs. This workshop features panelists: Daniel Atzmon, LEAD Program Manager, Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Harriet Smith, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition Lieutenant Thomas Leone, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus Police Ricky Morris, Harm Reduction Specialist, Bmore POWER Rajani Gudlavalleti, BRIDGES Coalition Organizer Lunch will be provided Continuing education credits for social workers are available for this program for a fee of $20. Register for the program and for CEUs at:

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