Much of the public, along with advocates, health care providers, and even many in law enforcement, have come around to the idea that the war on drugs has been a failure and that addiction should be treated as a public health problem, not a criminal justice issue. But research and policy around young people and addiction has been slower to reach the mainstream.
Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health will discuss these issues. They will be joined by families whose lives have been disrupted by adolescent addiction.
- Evan Elkin is executive director of Reclaiming Futures.
- Dr. Hoover Adger is a professor in adolescent health at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
- Carin Callan Miller is founder of Save our Children Peer Family Support Group.
- Scott Nolen (moderator) is the director of OSI-Baltimore’s Drug Addiction Treatment program.