Getting Wrecked: Reflections on the 50th Year of the US "War on Drugs", Mass Incarceration and more

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Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Lecture
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The Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology and School of Social Work are proud to host the inaugural event of the James and Janice Prochaska Annual Lecture Series featuring keynote speaker Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD presenting "Getting Wrecked: Reflections on the 50th Year of the U.S. 'War on Drugs,' Mass Incarceration and Harm Reduction".

This Prochaska Lecture aims to educate learners on the relationship between mass incarceration and the US War on Drugs declared by Nixon 50 years ago, how we as a society can improve the care of people who use drugs while avoiding incarceration, and posits harm reduction as a philosophy and practice as a potential strategy to address rising opioid overdose deaths in the United States. 

Sue is a physician-anthropologist, author, and the Medical Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use and the racialized War on Drugs.

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As a follow-up to this event, we will also be hosting an Informal Discussion with Kimberly Sue, PhD on Friday, November 19, 2021 on Zoom. RSVP for the Zoom link here

We request that attendees please submit questions for the Q&A portion of the program via the RSVP form. 

Continuing Education: Pre-registration for CE's is required via the RSVP form. All attendees seeking CE's must log into the feature using their full legal first and last name. 

  • 1.5 Psychology CE's are available to attendees for free. The Wayne State University Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wayne State University Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please direct questions about continuing education to Dr. Mark Lumley at:

  • 1.5 Social Work CE is available for attendees for free. This lecture has been approved by the MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative under CE Approval #: MICEC-0058. For details visit the Social Work Office of Continuing Education Events page. For questions email or call 313-577-9348.

Sponsor: This series is made possible by a generous gift from James O. Prochaska, Ph.D. and Janice M. Prochaska, Ph.D. to highlight topics related to Psychology, Social Work and the overlap between the two disciplines. The Prochaskas are both alumni of Wayne State University (James: PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1969; Janice: Master of Social Work, 1968) and are the co-founders of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a company dedicated to evidence-based health behavior change. James and Janice have combined their expertise in Psychology and Social Work respectively to help individuals improve their lives by making healthier choices. 


November 2021