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Boston, Thursday, 1/29: IS THE DRUG WAR FOREVER? The drug war at 25: looking back, looking ahead.

Inaugural forum of the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers, moderated by New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis. Opening remarks written for the occasion by former US Attorney General Elliot Richardson, a board member of the VCL, will be read. Panelists will include John G.S. Flym, Northeastern University Law School, David Lewis, M.D., Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy, and the Hon. Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. From 6:00- 8:00pm, C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, Temple Street (behind the State House). For more information, call Richard M. Evans at (413) 586-1348 or Michael Cutler at (617) 739-9093.

Minneapolis, Thursday, 2/5: MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES: ARE THEY WORTH THE COST? Featuring Jonathan Caulkins, Ph.D., lead author of last year's RAND Corporation study on the cost-effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentences, and Julie Stewart, President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Sponsored by the Open Debate Project, a joint project of the Minnesota Drug Policy Council and the Minnesota Consortium for Addiction Studies. Reception 6:00-7:00pm, forum 7:00- 9:00pm, U of M Law School, Auditorium, Room #25, 229 19th Avenue South. For further information, call Scott Warnick at (612) 292-9815 or Mark Willenbring at (612) 839-4482, or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

San Francisco, Thursday 2/5: HEPATITIS C: THE NEW EPIDEMIC, sponsored by The Lindemith Center-San Francisco. With Joanne Imperial, MD, Stanford University, Joey Tranchina, Director of Harm Reduction Projects for HCV Global Foundation and Executive Director of the AIDS Prevention Action Network, Reda Sobky, MD, Medical Director of HAART, Fort Help and Castro Valley Methadone Clinics, and John Irwin, Ph.D., patient. At the San Francisco Medical Society, 1409 Sutter St., RSVP at (415) 921-4987.

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