Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis

This event will celebrate the NYC  book launch of Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis (UCPress, 2019). Women have become increasingly targeted in the War on Drugs, resulting in the “feminization” of the US War on Drugs. In the era of the overdose death crisis, whose bodies are most vulnerable to increased risk of harm, death, violence, social surveillance and policing? What can we do in order to envision a world where substance use is not pathologized and where prisons and jails are not a standard policy solution?

Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition where she works to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs. Her PhD work in medical anthropology examines the intersection of US prison systems, addiction policy, mental health and treatment with women in Massachusetts.  She currently sees patients in syringe service programs providing low-barrier buprenorphine treatment and serves as an attending physician at Rikers Island Jail system in NYC practicing primary care, chronic disease management, HIV, STIs, substance use disorders and transgender care.