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Was a national campaign to destigmatize drugs a mistake?

Was a national campaign to destigmatize drugs a mistake?

In a piece co-written for the Atlantic, Carnegie Mellon professor and author Jonathan Caulkins argues that “blue America needs to send a stronger, more consistent message that hard drugs should be shunned.” Local advocates for destigmatization have a different view.

Our guests share their perspectives on the most effective way to deal with America’s drug problem.

Our guests:

  • Jonathan Caulkins, Ph.D., professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know”
  • Christopher Abert, executive director of New York Recovery Alliance
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.