UK hosting free virtual town hall on consequences of the war on drugs

Source: University of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The University of Kentucky is sponsoring a free virtual town hall, “Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs: A Focus on Communities of Color,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.

According to UK, the town hall will be hosted in partnership with Voices of Hope and will identify the harmful consequences of the War on Drugs, describe the barriers to treatment and recovery faced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) that have been exacerbated by the War on Drugs, and discuss the intersection between recovery advocacy and anti-racism activism.

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The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Alex Elswick, co-founder of Voices of Hope, will moderate the discussion; UK College of Medicine Associate Professor and medical historian Claire Clark will be a featured speaker. Other speakers include Shelton McElroy and Shameka Parrish-Wright with The Bail Project, Phillip Rutherford, chief operating officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Jeremy Byard, co-founder and director of the Louisville Recovery Community Connection.

Registration is free and open to the public. Click HERE to register.

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