A Moment for Transformative Change?
In a new paper, I explore the intersections between two dynamics having an enormous impact on the country: cannabis legalization and the opioid epidemic. I look at the intersections between these two dynamics and suggest that, through policy development and narrative change, we could seize this opportunity and change the direction of the country when it comes to drug policy and addiction. If we take what we have learned through decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis, and add to the analysis the tragic lessons from the opioid epidemic, we can begin to see a new consensus that prioritizes harm reduction and prevention over stigma and punishment.
8/8/2018 07:53:48 pm
This is a very thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of one of our most vexing challenges. In fact, I had to read it twice to appreciate how insightful it is. I deeply appreciate the holistic approach it advocates; recognizing that all segments of our country have been victimized by Big Pharma, and recommending a unifying approach that can build the broad public support to move towards a more humane, effective and ultimately less costly response.
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Jim Keddy assists social change organizations in growing their capacities in community organizing, advocacy, policy analysis and development, organizational growth and fundraising.