18-32 Segment 1: Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization

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After criminal convictions, many people with substance use disorder are placed on probation with the condition they remain completely drug-free. They are often jailed when they relapse, setting back recovery and removing them from treatment that helps keep them clean. Is that fair, when relapse is a common symptom of their disease (and many others)? Addiction and legal experts discuss.

Guests:

  • Lisa Newman-Polk, attorney and social worker, Ayer, MA
  • Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center and former Director, National Drug Control Policy
  • Dr. Barbara Herbert, Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Dr. Sally Satel, addiction psychiatrist and Lecturer, Yale University School of Medicine and Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

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Addiction, Relapse, and Criminalization

After criminal convictions, many people with substance use disorder are placed on probation with the condition they remain completely drug free. They are often jailed when they relapse, setting back recovery and removing them from treatment that helps keep them clean. Is that fair, when relapse is a common symptom of their disease (and many others)? Addiction and and legal experts discuss.

Miscommunication and Personality Type

People have different ways to interpret the world around them, and miscommunication is often a result when we assume we see the world similarly. A noted author discusses an innovative way to classify communication styles to avoid clashes.

17-33 Segment 1: Criminalization of Homelessness

 

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that there were more than 500,000 homeless Americans on a given single night in January. The U.S. government currently claims that, while there are high rates of homeless Americans, the number is actually decreasing. Many experts challenge that claim, saying that homelessness is on the rise. This week we speak with Eric Tars, Senior Attorney with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Scout Katovich, Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale University and Peggy Choudhry, Commissioner in Osceola County, FL about:

  • How the number of homeless individuals is increasing and why the published statistics don’t accurately represent the entire situation.
  • The criminalization of homelessness by passing local ordinances and the negative impact that these ordinances have on communities.
  • The Constitutional right violations of homeless individuals when bans and local ordinances are implemented.
  • The reasons that many homeless people are vulnerable to arrest and how this may impede rather than help them escape poverty.

Guests:

  • Eric Tars, Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

  • Scout Katovich, Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, Yale University

  • Peggy Choudry, Commissioner, Osceola County, Florida

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