Harm Reduction Law and Policy: Past, Present, and Future

Concurrent Sessions 8: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Thursday, September 23, 2021

This session will describe how law can both help and hinder access to evidence-based prevention and treatment for people who use drugs. Panelists will describe, among other things, how state laws to criminalize drug delivery can increase overdose deaths; how federal, state, and local law and policy changes can increase syringe access; and how one large county has adopted a set of evidence-based approaches to reducing drug-related harm.


  • Corey Davis, JD, MSPH, Deputy Director Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region Office, Director of Harm Reduction Legal Project


  • Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Howard Schneiderman, JD, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Sara Zeigler, MPA, Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention