Global Spotlight Series presentation to focus on illicit global drug trade

Global Spotlight_lab raidWestern Carolina University will host a Global Spotlight Series event on the illicit global drug trade Monday, Feb. 20.

The 4 to 5:30 p.m. public forum will take place in Room 101 of Forsyth Building. It will be the first for the spring semester in the annual series.

The international trafficking of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, with the U.S. being a major distribution destination, is a highly lucrative criminal activity and focus of intense law enforcement intervention. The Drug Enforcement Administration cites recent investigations conducted with local, state, federal and international partners that have led to arrests of major international criminals, while the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports increasing health-related problems, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. The forum will grapple with these issues and provide viewpoints on possible solutions.

The scheduled presentations:

  • Angela Dills, Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development, on “The Economics of Drug Prohibition.”
  • Kimberlee Hall, assistant professor in the Environmental Health Program, on “Drug Abuse and the Public Health Response.”
  • Al Kopak, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, on “The Limitations of Law Enforcement.”

The event is sponsored by WCU’s Political Science and Public Affairs Department, International Studies Program and Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

For more information, contact Jen Schiff, director of the International Studies Program, at 828-227- 3860 or