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Johann Hari - The True Story of the War on Drugs


Wed 9 Sep 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Where: MCEC, 2 Clarendon St South Wharf, VIC 3006, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

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Join 'Chasing The Scream' Author Johann Hari live at the Melbourne Convention Centre this coming September 9th for a lively and deeply thought -provoking talk titled The True Story of The War on Drugs & the Myth of Addiction

Journalist Johann Hari is the best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, an epic three year journey into discovering the hidden truth behind the war on drugs, and the real cause of addiction.

For one hundred years since drugs were banned in the USA, the ‘War on Drugs’ has incarcerated millions, persecuted more and irreversibly altered the lives of people around the globe.

For an exclusive Melbourne event, Johann Hari brings his radical reasoning to Australia, delivering his extraordinary findings that debunk the myths we are sold about addiction and the drug war: Primarily that drugs are not what we think they are, addiction is not what we think it is, and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

For a century, we have followed the same philosophy of prohibition and punishment behind our ultimately unsuccessful war on drugs. If we discover its antithesis, might we also discover the antidote?

If we are to ever find a way to end the war on drugs, we must fundamentally change the way we understand addiction. Join us to discover why human connection is the only treatment, and the only way forward.

Join the lively panel discussion with leading Australian experts...

After his talk Johann will join a live expert panel discussion in the company of eminent influences in the fields of addiction, law enforcement and medicine including:

Greg Denham (LEAP)
Greg Denham – former Victoria Police officer and founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia (LEAP), part of a global organisation made up 100,000 police and criminal justice members, which believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse and addiction. Greg says: “What’s more harmful; drugs or drug policies?”

Fiona Patten (The Australian Sex Party)
Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of the Australian Sex Party and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region. Fiona came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights and civil liberties movement. Frustrated and deeply disappointed with the lack of social change on censorship, drug law reform, euthanasia and marriage-equality, she set up and registered the Australian Sex Party in 2009 with a strong focus on civil libertarian and personal freedom issues. She became the first political leader to call for a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in religious institutions. In the 2014 Victorian state election she won her seat in the Victorian Legislative Council representing the Northern Metropolitan Region.

Annie Madden (AIVL)
Annie Madden is the Executive Officer of the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) the national organisation representing people who inject or have injected illicit drugs including people in drug treatment. AIVL is also the peak body for the national network of peer-based state/territory drug user organisations. Annie has been working in the areas of injecting drug use, HIV, hepatitis C, peer education, harm reduction, AOD treatment and drug user representation for over 20 years. She is well-published and has an extensive background in advocacy, consumer representation, policy development, research and service delivery. She has a degree in the social sciences and is also a person living with hepatitis C and is currently on methadone maintenance treatment.