Conference

Programme

THE ROAD AHEAD
HIT HOT TOPICS CONFERENCE 2018
LUTYENS CRYPT, LIVERPOOL
9 NOVEMBER

Conference Programme

OUR PLAN TO MAKE IT A DAY TO REMEMBER
It’s finally time to reveal our full conference programme; as you can see we have an amazing day planned for you all.

Registration

9.00 – 9.30

The registration desk will be open from 9am. Once you’ve grabbed your name badge go and have a look around our sponsors’ stands.


Session one: Casualties of the War on Drugs

09.30 – 11.00

Chair: Pat O’Hare

Welcome to the conference.

Niamh Eastwood

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RELEASE

It is not about the Drugs: How Drug Law Enforcement is a Tool for Social Control. This presentation will explore how drug law enforcement disproportionally impacts communities living in deprivation and how poverty and laws targeting the poor exacerbate problematic drug use.

Niamh Eastwood

Imani Robinson

WRITER AND RESEARCHER

Drug Policy Reform is a Racial Justice Issue. This presentation will explore how drug policy reform is a central tenet in the fight for Black lives and examine how we can make changes in our work towards reform that is racial justice led.

Imani Robinson

Refreshments

11.00 – 11.30

Grab yourself a coffee and have a look around our sponsors’ stands, and go find a speaker and thank them for their presentation if you want.


Session two: Drug Law Reform

11.30 – 13.00

Chair: Naomi Burke-Shyne

Neil Woods

Author, Chairman of LEAP UK

Drug Law Reform: An urgent need. Neil will talk about the extent of the corruption caused by prohibition.

Neil Woods

Julian Buchanan

PRACTITIONER, RESEARCHER, ACADEMIC, ACTIVIST & BLOGGER

A Human Rights Approach to End the Global Drug Policy Problem and Avoid Prohibition 2.0. This will question our acceptance as drug reformers of key concepts, such as the: ‘war on drugs’, ‘the global drug problem’ and ‘drug free’.

Julian Buchanan

Fiona Gilbertson

CO FOUNDER: RECOVERING JUSTICE

Changing the Things we Can. Engaging the Recovery movement in policy reform.

Fiona Gilbertson

Jay Levy

POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER OF INPUD

Is Decriminalisation Enough? Drug User Community Voices from Portugal. Jay will be discussing INPUD’s recent consultation and publication, which make up the first community-driven evaluation of the outcomes of Portugal’s decriminalisation of people who use drugs.

Jay Levy

Lunch

13.00 – 14.00

Have some food, some conversation with likeminded folk and maybe have another look around the sponsor stands to see which of them can help you with your project.

Session three: Driving Change in Public Opinion

14.00 – 15.00

Chair: Ed Fox

Joshua Haddow

FILM MAKER AND JOURNALIST

Whose Truth Matters? Discussing the challenge of documenting drug use in society and its effects on individuals and their communities.

Josh Haddow

Alissa Sadler

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AT OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS

Communications & Harm Reduction. This presentation will cover best practices for communicating about your work to a variety of audiences, and offer tips and tricks for working with the media and social media to boost your advocacy and tell your organization’s story.

Alissa Sadler

Comfort break

15.00 – 15.30

A run to the toilet or outside for a quick vape before we come back for the big finish.


Session four: Innovation in Harm Reduction

15.30 – 17.15

Chair: Kirsten Horsburgh

Leon Knoops & Sjef Pelsser

MAINLINE CHEMSEX TEAM

Problematic Chemsex: From Signals to Harm Reduction Interventions. Problematic chemsex, reportedly on the increase in cities with a large MSM population, is a result of intersecting factors including gay history, adverse childhood experiences and HIV/AIDS, often leading to loneliness and depression.

Leon and Sjef

Andrew Bennett

PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER

Making the Case for ACEs Routine Enquiry in Drug Services. ACEs are common especially among marginalised people seeking help with alcohol and other drugs, yet they are rarely asked about.

Andrew Bennett

Gillian Shorter

LECTURER AND RESEARCHER

If All We Need is a Table, a Chair, and a Sharps Box. This presentation will be covering differing models of safer drug use spaces.

Gillian Shorter

Jason Wallace & Steff Kerr

SDF SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

RECOVERY COORDINATOR

Naloxone: Power to the Peers. Peer supply of naloxone is an effective model to increase provision and reduce drug related death in the community.


Conference closing

Professor Pat O’Hare

Executive director of HIT

Pat closing the conference, summing up the day and the challenges ahead.


While we fully expect the day to run like clockwork, please note that this programme may be subject to last minute changes.

Don’t forget that the day doesn’t end with the conference, we will see you all at the Cavern Club in the evening. For more details please visit our ‘Side Events’ page’.

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