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Drug Policy Seminar with Johann Hari and Steve Rolles – 24th March 2015

Drug Policy Seminar with Johann Hari and Steve Rolles – 24th March 2015

HIT and the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University present a Hot Topics/Research in Focus Seminar looking at drug policy, with Johann Hari and Steve Rolles.

Johann Hari is a British writer and journalist who has written regular columns for The Independent and The Huffington Post and has made contributions to several other publications. Johann will explore the issues covered in his new book ‘Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’.

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets – and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens. Read more about Chasing the Scream.

Steve Rolles is Senior Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform’s publications, including 2009’s ‘After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation’.

Steve will attempt to answer the following questions: Why should drugs workers be interested in drug policy? What can we do here in the UK to change policy? What would a regulated market look like?

Time & Venue

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 13.00-16.00. Room G01, John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University, 80-90 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5UZ.

To attend this free event email ResearchinFocus@ljmu.ac.uk with your name and organisation details.