The Jung Center

A Prescription for United States Drug Policy

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM


What would change if addiction were regarded as a public and mental health issue rather than as a crime? The current core strategies of the U.S. War on Drugs are eradication, interdiction, and incarceration; however, after a 40-year and trillion-dollar effort, illicit drugs remain available to meet a remarkably stable demand.

Drawing on decades of government-gathered and publicly available data, Dr. Martin will contend that U.S. drug policy is premised on incorrect assumptions, aims at the wrong targets and can never succeed. He will elucidate often-overlooked aspects of substance use disorders and offer examples of proven successful alternatives to current policies.

About the Lecture

William Martin, PhD, is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, where he directs the Institute’s drug policy program. From 1968-2006, he taught sociology at Rice, receiving numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, he holds a BD from Harvard Divinity School and received his PhD from Harvard in 1969.

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