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National Summit on Illegal Drugs: Trends, Policy Changes, and the Impacts on Policing

Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:00 AM

National Summit on Illegal Drugs: Trends, Policy Changes, and the Impacts on Policing


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

On Wednesday, April 16, PERF will convene a national summit in Washington to discuss drug abuse and drug-related crimes. This meeting is part of the “Critical Issues in Policing” series supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, and will be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. 

We are calling this meeting because it seems that we are experiencing a fundamental shift in thinking about drugs in the United States.  On one hand, there seems to be an epidemic of heroin use occurring in many cities, suburbs, and rural areas. On the other hand, there is a widening acceptance of medical marijuana and even marijuana legalization in some jurisdictions.

Police departments are playing a critical role in responding to both of these developments.

The heroin epidemic that is surfacing in many locations across the country, and other problems such as prescription drug abuse, are creating new challenges for police agencies. For example, many agencies are now training their officers to administer “Narcan” or similar antidotes to save the lives of heroin users who otherwise would die of overdoses.  And many states are passing “Good Samaritan” laws to provide limited legal immunity to drug users who call 911 or otherwise seek help for friends who may have overdosed on heroin or prescription drugs.

At the same time, the liberalization of marijuana laws is creating countless new challenges for police, such as enforcing laws against drug-impaired driving, regulating the new marijuana industries, responding to the dangers of selling marijuana-infused snacks such as candies and baked goods, and knowing whether marijuana businesses can use regular bank accounts without the threat of seizure by federal agencies. 


Pre-Summit Reception

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW      
Washington, D.C. 20036



National Summit on Illegal Drugs: 

Trends, Policy Changes, and the Impacts on Policing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW      
Washington, D.C. 20036


Breakfast and lunch will be provided.



There is limited seating for this event.  Please register for the summit by Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by clicking on the headline above.  All participants must register individually.



PERF has secured a room block with the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel for summit participants in need of overnight lodging.  The room block is for lodging on the night of April 15 with a room rate of $209 per night. To reserve your room at this special rate, you may call (877)-212-5752 or (202) 347-3000 and ask for the Police Executive Research Forum room block, or you may reserve your room online through the following link:

Please make your reservation by April 9, 2014 to ensure you receive this room rate.

If you have any questions about this meeting or the logistics, please contact Balinda Cockrell at

Location: The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC

For more information:

Contact: Balinda Cockrell
Phone: (202)454-8322

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