Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions

Stimulant Use: Harm Reduction, Treatment, and Future Directions

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Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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With so much public attention being placed on the overdose crisis and marijuana reform, the needs of people who use stimulant drugs has been overlooked. The aim of this conference is to engage participants in conversation about stimulant use, including motivations for use, epidemiology of use, related risks, and strategies for mitigating these risks. We would also like to expand the harm reduction conversation beyond syringe access to include interventions for non-injection drug use and to explore why the harm reduction conversation about stimulants has been thus limited in the past. This conference’s intended audience and attendees will consist of harm reduction providers, social service providers, researchers, policy makers, the LGBTQ community, and people who use stimulants.

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Welcome/Opening Remarks -

Lindsay LaSalle, Senior Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance

Jules Netherland PhD, Director of Office of Academic Engagement, Drug Policy Alliance

Ricky Bluthenthal PhD, Professor, Kent School of Medicine, University of Southern California

9:10-9:25am: Overview of Epidemiology/Prevalence/Trends in US and abroad -

Thomas Freese PhD, Co-Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

9:25-9:40am: Stimulant use and its public health impact in California -

Gary Tsai MD, Medical Director and Science Officer, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health

9:45-11:15am: PANEL- People who use Stimulants: A Diverse Population

Moderator: Jules Netherland, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Kaston Anderson-Carpenter PhD, Michigan State University
  • Ricky Bluthenthal PhD, University of Southern California
  • Jennifer Lorvick PhD, RTI International
  • Elise Szabo, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Melynda Mindy Vincent, Utah Harm Reduction Coalition

11:15-11:30am: Break – coffee/tea/snacks

11:30-11:45am: Overview of harm reduction strategies in US and abroad-

Katie Stone, Research Analyst, Harm Reduction International (via video recording)

11:45-1:15pm: PANEL- Harm reduction interventions with people who use stimulants

Moderator: Sheila P. Vakharia, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Brandie Wilson, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
  • Kat Humphries, Harm Reduction Action Center
  • Ryan McNeil PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Anna Palmer and Peter Higgs, Burnett Institute (via video recording)
  • Shilo Murphy, People's Harm Reduction Alliance
  • Liz Evans, Washington Heights Corner Project & New York Harm Reduction Educators


2:00-3:30pm: PANEL- Treatment Options for People who Use Stimulants

Moderator: Lindsay LaSalle, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Diana Valentine, Center for Harm Reduction Therapy
  • Joe Schrank, High Sobriety
  • Glenn-Milo Santos PhD, University of California San Francisco
  • Rick Andrews, The Stonewall Project
  • Kanna Hayashi PhD, Simon Fraser University
  • Steve Shoptaw, UCLA

3:30-5:00pm: PANEL- Lessons on the ground and future directions

Moderator: Magalie Lerman, Reframe Health and Justice Consulting

  • Isaac Jackson, Urban Survivors Union
  • Michael Siever, Founder, The Stonewall Project
  • Terrell Jones, New York Harm Reduction Educators
  • Charles McWells
  • Mat Southwell, Co-Act (via video recording)

5:00-5:15pm: Closing Remarks -

Steven Shoptaw PhD, Executive Director, Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM) UCLA


John & Laura Arnold


Drug Policy Alliance


Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Harm Reduction Coalition

Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine

Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services

Homeless Heath Care Los Angeles

Center for Harm Reduction Therapy


APLA Health

City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator's Office

UCLA AIDS Institute

Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

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