Since 1999, the drug overdose crisis in the US is estimated to have killed almost half a million Americans. Now into its third decade, the crisis has continued to evolve, spurred in part by counterproductive policies. This talk will trace the crisis' deadly trajectory through the intertwined use of opioid analgesics, heroin, and fentanyl analogs, distilling lessons for the Australian context.
Leo Beletsky is a Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, US, where he is the faculty director of the Health in Justice Action Lab. Beletsky’s research focuses on the public health impact of laws and their enforcement, with special expertise in addiction, infectious disease transmission, and the criminal justice system. He is currently applying his career-long interest in drug overdose to the North American’s opioid crisis.
This lecture is supported by the UNSW Centre for Social Research and Leo’s visit is also hosted in conjunction with the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre.
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