The United Nations General Assembly recently convened a special session on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the historic meeting and the future of drug policy reform.
The mayor of Ithaca, New York, last week, announced a plan to open sites where heroin users can safely inject the drug under medical supervision. Assistant professor Leo Beletsky thinks the idea isn’t that far-fetched, saying “We need innovative interventions because what we are doing is not working.”
Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky described the federal government’s new Heroin Response Strategy, which looks to combat drug abuse through a public health approach, as a positive development, but added that there is still more work to be done.
Opioid overdose kills some 25,000 people per year in the U.S—or 68 people per day. One way to reduce the nation’s number of opioid-related deaths, says Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, is to equip police with naloxone, the opioid antagonist.
Assistant professor of law and health sciences Leo Beletsky was tapped by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to lend his expertise in developing a new toolkit for law enforcement to help them prevent drug overdoses.
Drug overdoses are reportedly on the rise both locally and nationally. The Massachusetts State Police has reported 185 fatalities since Nov. 1, which doesn’t include the large cities of Boston, […]
Leo Beletsky, a drug policy expert and assistant professor of law and health sciences, says opioid overdose now kills more people than both AIDS and homicides.
A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to Northeastern faculty members about President Barack Obama’s electoral win over Republican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close popular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the university are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.
Leo Beletsky, an assistant professor of law and health sciences, examines the risk of opioid analgesics, the abuse of which led to nearly 16,000 deaths in 2008.
Northeastern professor Leo Beletsky dissects interplay between law and public health.
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1 Drexel Law Review 273 (2009).