Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs:  A Focus on Communities of Color

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

1:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time

 

Agenda 


Town Hall Moderator: Alex Elswick, PhD

A Personal Story : Shelton McElroy 

The History of the War on Drugs and the Impact on Communities of Color: Claire Clark, PhD, MP

Barriers to Recovery for BIPOC: 

Shelton McElroy
Phil Rutherford
 
Recovery Advocacy is Anti-racism Work:  Jeremy Byard
 

Objectives

1. Identify the harmful consequences of the War on Drugs on people who use drugs and BIPOC


2. Describe the barriers to care, wellness, and recovery for BIPOC that are exacerbated by the War on Drugs 


3. Discuss the intersection between recovery advocacy and anti-racism activism

Biographies

Alex Elswick, PhD

Dr. Alex Elswick is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Voices of Hope, a person in long-term recovery from an opioid addiction, and a tireless advocate for people who use drugs and people in recovery.  Alex is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Use Prevention & Recovery.  

Shelton McElroy

Shelton McElroy is the National Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Bail Project.  As a formerly incarcerated individual who was a ward of the state in foster care for over 15 years, Shelton works daily to dismantle dehumanizing systems of oppression. 

Claire Clark, PhD, MP

Dr. Claire Clark is a medical historian and an Associate Professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Behavioral Science. Claire is the author of Recovery Revolution, which describes the history of treatment activists’ influence on the development of American drug policy.

Phillip Rutherford

Phil is the Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery and passionate member of the recovery community. Phil has prior experience as the Director of Operations at a Recovery Community Organization and extensive expertise in substance use disorder, recovery, and re-entry.

Jeremy Byard

Jeremy Byard is a Co-Founder and Director of the Louisville Recovery Community Connection and a leader in the US recovery advocacy movement.  Jeremy has lived experience with addiction and involvement with the criminal justice system.