Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran

MEMORIAL LECTURES
The public lectures are held in memory of Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran, who both died within 6 months of one another, in 2006. Both were well known and respected figures in the drugs field over many years and are still much missed by family, friends and colleagues alike. Following their untimely deaths a number of their friends and former colleagues began discussions to determine what might be a fitting way to remember them. Their families supported the idea of an annual memorial lecture, at which they and the work they undertook might be celebrated by those who knew them and also brought to a wider audience.

Harry Shapiro delivered the 2016 memorial lecture, the seventh in the series.

Harry is the Director of DrugWise the international Knowledge hub, promoting evidence-based information on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

He has worked in the drugs field for over 35 years, most recently as Director of Communications for DrugScope. He was DrugScope’s main media spokesperson, managing editor of Druglink and has written extensively on all aspects of drugs and drug-related issues combining this with lecturing, public speaking and advisory work for government. He remains the managing editor of DS Daily.

The title for Harry’s lecture was:

‘The Needle and the Damage Done’; drug users, media and stigma

In it he explored:

  • Popular culture representations of drug users.
  • Why have these representations been uniformly negative? Is it just about the drugs?
  • How for much of the past 100 years drug users have allowed interventions to be 'done to them' with little or any say in the matter
  • How this has been changed in recent years - user movements at national and international level - even though fraught with problems - and completely hidden from public view.

The video recording of the lecture can be watched here.

Fiona Patten

2019

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David Wilson

2018

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Ruth Dreifuss

2017

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Harry Shapiro

2016

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Sir Harry Burns

2015

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Manuel Carballo

2014

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Michel Kazatchkine

2013

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John Ashton

2012

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Rosalie Pacula

2011

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Gerry Stimson

2010

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