Rethinking Addiction

Over 500 people came together last Wednesday night to discuss why we need to rethink addiction. If you missed it, catch up by watching the talk at

In 2016, the Uniting Church, Synod of NSW and the ACT, passed a resolution calling on governments to direct greater investment in demand and hard reduction practices for drug users, and the further decriminalisation of personal drug use. This resolution is the basis of Uniting’s ongoing Drug Law Reform campaign.

Following on from a high-profile presentation in June by Dr Manuel Cardosa, the architect of successful drug law reform in Portugal, Uniting is a sponsor of a presentation in Canberra next week, 19 September, by international best-selling author, Johann Hari.

Author of Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari, will speak about how everything we know about addiction is wrong. Johann’s June 2015 Ted Talk on this issue now has 9.7 million views.

Hari argues the ‘war on drugs’ is not only failing but exacerbating the crisis of addition in our society. The author will speak as part of The Canberra Drug Policy Series which aims to heighten discussion about the country’s illicit drugs policy. The series is organised by the Uniting Church (NSW & ACT Synod), ATODA (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association) and the ANU’s College of the Arts and Social Science.

If you would like to watch the live stream of this sell-out event, visit Uniting’s Facebook Page at 8:00pm on Wednesday 19 September.