Drugs and Society

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This seminar provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of information among key representatives of the chemical dependency research, treatment, prevention, and policy development communities. It seeks to ad- dress the important and complex questions relating to the root causes of chemical dependency and abuse, to examine and evaluate epidemiological studies, to determine the effectiveness of various treatment and prevention strategies, and to discuss the wisdom and value of current international, national, and local policies. Membership is comprised of prominent researchers, established leaders in the treatment and prevention fields, and government policy makers. Speakers in the seminar are drawn from the membership itself and by invitation from other institutions.

Frank McCorry, PhD

Laura Newman

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/12/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale – Peer Integration New York State
Lureen MacNeil, MBA, NYSOASAS

Anthony Shaw, Certified Peer Advocate

Notes: The role of peer-based care in SUD treatment & health care reform.
10/17/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Gateway Drugs Revisited
Denise Kandel, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health

11/21/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Towards a Sound Scientific and Clinical Basis Using Cannabis for Medically Assisted Drug Treatment and Opioid Overdose Prevention
Ernest Drucker, PhD , Research Scientist and Professor of Public Health New York University , College of Global Public Health

12/19/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Value Based Payment: The Pros and Cons for Addiction Services
Len Roberts, Steve Rabinowitz
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Norm Brier,

Notes: The effects of VBP on the delivery of SUD care, both the focus of care and outcomes.
01/16/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Drug Policy & Social Justice

Notes: The impact of the enforcement of drug laws on minority communities and the need for social justice and a rethinking of the country’s approach to substance use.
02/20/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Trauma-Informed Care for Women with SU conditions

Notes: The seminar is devoted to examining a range of issues for women with SU-related conditions, including trauma.
03/20/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Performance Measurement and SUD Care (via Skype)
Mady Chalk, Ph.D.,

Notes: Health care reform and the integration of behavioral and physical health care has placed a sharp focus on the quality and accountability issues in SUD care. This seminar will review current issues and challenges in creating and adopting outcome-based measures.
04/17/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM

05/15/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Planning Session