The Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Seminar Series, January through April 1/29/99

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100th Seminar! Thursday, Feb. 4, 4-6pm. Methadone in New York City: Past, Present and Future, Robert Newman, MD, president and CEO, Continuum Health Partners; Elizabeth Khuri, MD, associate professor of clinical public health and pediatrics and director, Adolescent Development Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College, Cornell University; and Peter V., methadone consumer, assess the evolution of methadone maintenance in New York City, including efforts to broaden availability, allow physician prescribing and incorporate harm reduction principles into methadone provision. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Thursday, March 4, 4-6pm. Marijuana in Music, John P. Morgan, MD, co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence (Lindesmith Center, 1997), surveys marijuana themes in jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, country western, rock, reggae, ska, rap, Hawaiian and Tin Pan Alley music styles. Morgan, professor of pharmacology at the City University of New York Medical School and adjunct professor of pharmacology and medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, draws on his experience as a disc jockey and member of the American Society of Ethnomusicology.

Thursday, March 11, 4-6pm, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction, Sharon Stancliff, MD, medical consultant, AIDS Institute, and Dan Bigg, director, Chicago Recovery Alliance, examine the hepatitis C epidemic and implications for harm reduction practice. Stancliff reviews characteristics of hepatitis C, including epidemiology, prognosis, treatment and unanswered questions. Bigg analyzes the impact of hepatitis C on prevention work with injecting drug users.

Wednesday, April 7, 1999, 4-6pm, Illegal Leisure: Recreational Drug Use Among 1990s British Youth, Howard Parker, PhD, professor of social work at the University of Manchester and author of Illegal Leisure: The Normalization of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use (Routledge 1998), analyzes the contemporary youth drug scene in the United Kingdom. Parker, director of SPARC, a British social policy research center, examines the impact of drug law and policy on British youth.

Seminars are held at the Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), 3rd Floor, New York City. All are welcome. Please call The Lindesmith Center at (212)548-0695 or e-mail [email protected] to reserve a place. Visit The Lindesmith Center web site, including an extensive online drug policy library, at

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Issue #76, 1/29/99 Your Tax Dollars at Work: US Developing Fungi to Kill Narcotics Plants | Higher Education Act Student Reform Effort | Rep. Ron Paul to Introduce Financial Privacy Legislation to Block Intrusive "Know Your Customer" Banking Rules | Hemp for Victory | Israel to Set Standards for Medicinal Use of Marijuana | Life for Nonviolent Juveniles Proposed in Virginia | The Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Seminar Series, January through April | Conferences and Events | Harm Reduction Training Institute, Winter '99 Calendar | Report: Militarized Democracy in the Americas | Editorial: Strange Logic
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