Published November 2, 2016
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bowen and co-author on the publication of their article, "No peace without justice: Addressing the United States’ War on Drugs in social work education," in the Journal of Social Work Education.
Bowen, E. A., & Redmond, H. (2016). No peace without justice: Addressing the United States’ War on Drugs in social work education [Teaching note]. Journal of Social Work Education.
The United States’ War on Drugs encompasses a body of legislation characterized by punitive approaches to drug control. These policies have resulted in escalating incarceration rates and have extracted a particularly harsh toll on low-income people of color. This article argues that education on the War on Drugs is essential for effective practice with people affected by addictions and is also an important social justice issue. It is thus the responsibility of educators to incorporate a critical examination of drug policy into course work. Strategies for addressing drug policy in social work education are provided, including the use of guest speakers and multimedia presentations, case study assignments that prompt students to examine the intersection of policy and practice, and international drug policy comparisons.