Upstate News

January 9, 2001
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate forum examines ‘Public Health and the Drug War’ Jan. 17

Peter Christ, retired police captain from Tonawanda, N.Y., and Gene Tinelli, M.D., Ph.D., a faculty member at SUNY Upstate and an addiction psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, will present a free public presentation on “Public Health and the Drug War” Wednesday, Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 9295 Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Christ and Tinelli will discuss current belief that America is losing the war on drugs and speak on the public health implications for our present and future drug policies. They also will explore the ethical and moral dilemmas framing this issue.

Both speakers are members of ReconsiDer, an organization dedicated to harm-reduction and the search for alternatives to the drug war. The organization believes the drug war contributes to racism, wasteful government spending, over-crowded prisons and gun violence.

This presentation is part of the Faith and Values Forum sponsored by the Cooperative Campus Ministries Committee. Free pizza and soda will be available.

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