Miriam Boeri

LIVE: March 12, 2018– 11 am PST



Hurt: Chronicles of the Drug War Generation weaves engaging first-person accounts of the lives of baby boomer drug users, including author Miriam Boeri’s first-hand knowledge as the sister of a heroin addict.

The compelling stories are set in historical context, from the cultural influence of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll to contemporary discourse that pegs drug addiction as a disease punishable by incarceration. With penetrating insight and conscientious attention to the intersectionality of race, gender, and class, Boeri reveals the impact of an increasingly punitive War on Drugs on a hurting generation.

Through her book and ongoing research, Boeri aims to bring awareness and reduce the adverse health effects associated with drug use and the harmful social effects on drug users through a better, more holistic understanding of drug use and the impact of drug policy.


Miriam Boeri is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bentley University. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of drug user populations and alternatives to incarceration. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an agency in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Findings from her studies were reported in numerous conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.  Two of her articles were reprinted in anthologies of drugs in American society, and she contributed a chapter to an international handbook on qualitative research in criminology.

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