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3Qs: How to overcome the global drug problem

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.

November 19, 2012 - Leo Beletsky is an Assistant Professor of Law and Health Sciences in the School of Law and the Bouve College of Health Sciences.

Are safe injection facilities for heroin users a step in the right direction?

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.”

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New White House drug program to help combat ‘national crisis’

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.


Legal experts: law enforcement officers should be authorized to administer overdose antidote

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.

“When police show up to the scene of an overdose," says Beletsky, "there is a potential for them to take on a life-saving role in addition to being there in a law enforcement capacity.” Photo by Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University.

A new tool in drug overdose prevention

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.

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3Qs: Access expands to drug overdose antidote

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, […]

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Opioid overdose rates ‘impossible’ to ignore

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.

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Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

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.


3Qs: When painkillers kill

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.


No harm done

North­eastern pro­fessor Leo Beletsky dis­sects inter­play between law and public health.

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