Sunday, September 03, 2006


Sept 28: Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Annual Dinner--Communities of Color and the War on Drugs

An important meeting for those interested in harm reduction and concerned with the negative effects of the war on drugs:

From the DPFHI announcement:
Aloha Friends -

The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii will be holding our Annual Dinner on Wednesday evening September 27 from 5:30-8 p.m at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu.

Our keynote speaker will be Corinne Carey, Deputy Director of Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs. Ms. Carey, an attorney, has been a front line service provider in a needle exchange program, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, and founded the Harm Reduction Law Project in New York City. She serves on the Board of Directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization which works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women. She will be speaking about the need to listen to women affected by substance use to develop more effective programs and strategies to reduce harms.

The recipient of this year's Ho`omaluhia Award will be Tricia Wright, M.D. Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Hawai`i. She specializes in taking care of pregnant women with substance use disorders and psychiatric illness. She recently shepherded a bill through the Hawai'i State Legislature to start a perinatal clinic for women with substance use - the first in the state. Since September is Women's Health Month, it is highly appropriate that Dr. Wright is our awardee.

The cost of the dinner (with no host bar) will be $35 for DPFHI members, $45 for non-members and $25 for students (which includes a 1 year membership.)

For further information or to RSVP, contact Jeanne at email


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