Today: Join Our Twitter Chat on Drug Policy

By Nina Puro 02/06/13

We invite you to debate the drug policies that affect us all: February 6 at 3 pm EST. Tweet #drugpol to join!

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To legalize or not to legalize? That is one of MANY

The recent legalization of marijuana in two US states, and the continuing drug war in Latin America and beyond place drug policy at the forefront of national debate. Should we decriminalize or legalize marijuana more widely? And what about other illegal drugs, like heroin and cocaine? The growing popularity of synthetic drugs adds fuel to the flames. And many have spoken out against the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders. And should addiction treatment ever be mandatory, rather than optional? Help us debate these issues, and more, by joining our Twitter chat tomorrow—co-hosted with national nonprofit addiction treatment organization Phoenix House.

We've invited policy experts, journalists and treatment professionals to take part, but everyone is encouraged to chime in! Just log on to Twitter today (February 6) at 3 pm EST and search for the hastag #drugpol. Follow @_TheFix and @PhoenixHouse, tweet your answers to the key questions between 3 and 4 pm, and be sure to include #drugpol in all your tweets. 

The lineup of participants includes: HLN host and Fix video columnist @JVelezMitchell@drugwarmovie of the acclaimed film The House I Live In; @HealthyLiving, Huffington Post Health; addiction therapist and interventionist @maevro; social worker, Fix columnist and Newsweek/Daily Beast writer @Jeff_Deeney; @AnchorWestRehab men's treatment centers; addiction science journalists @Dirk57 and @Guinevere64; @WatershedCares treatment centers, and the Phoenix House contingent, headed up by CEO @HMeitiner. And of course your Fix staff, including @AnnaDavid, @GodfreyWill, @HRSLaton and @ShutUpMay. Follow them all to get the most out of the debate!

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Nina Puro is a regular contributor to The Fix. Her poetry and essays have appeared in publications such as Third CoastPleiades and Harper Palate. You can find Nina on Linkedin or follow her on Twitter.