Ernest Drucker

Ernest Drucker

Ernest Drucker

Adjunct Professor


680 west end ave
nyc NY USA 10025


Ernest Drucker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Senior Research Associate and Scholar in Residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of NY. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in NY State and conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. For 25 years Dr. Drucker was Director of Public Health and Policy Research at Montefiore/Einstein, founding Director of Montefiore's 1000 patient drug treatment program until 1990; an NIH funded principal investigator since 1991 and author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and book chapters. He was founding Associate Editor of The International Journal of Drug Policy; founder and Editor in Chief ( with John Booth Davies) of Addiction Research and Theory ( 1993- 2005); and is now founding Editor in Chief of Harm Reduction Journal. Dr. Drucker was a founder (in 1994) of the International Harm Reduction Association; founder and Chairman of the Board of Doctors of the World / USA (1993-1997). He has been a Fellow of the Lindesmith Center at the Open Society Institute, a senior Soros Justice Fellow since 2004, and is a 2010-2011 Senior Specialist in Global Health of the US/Australian Fulbright Program at the Law School of the University of New South Wales. His book, A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America, was published by The New Press in Sept of 2011.


PhD, 1969, CUNY

Editorial Boards

Editor in Chief - Addiction Research and Theory
Editor in chief - Harm Reduction Journal

Other Affiliations

Member - NY Acad Med
Member - APHA
Founding Member - Int Harm Reduction Assoc

Honors & Awards

Soros Senior Justice Fellowship
Norman Zinberg Award - Drug Policy Foundation
Rolleston International Award - Int Harm Reduction Assoc

Select Urban Health Activities

Effects of Incarceration on families and Communities: Social and psychological studies of consequences of mass incarceration as an epidemiological phenomenon
The African origins of HIV: Effects of injections and blood transfusions on the origins of HIV and AIDS epidemics in Africa

Select Global Activities

TB and HIV co infection in Gujarat India, India: Studies of HIV and risk among women , migrant workers, and development of effective research to support systems of care and public health.

Select Publications

Inciardi J, and Harrison L Harm Reduction: A Textbook Sage Thousand Oaks, CA 2000
Marx PA, Alcabes PG, Drucker E Serial Human Passage of Simian Immune Virus by Unsterile Injecting and the Emergence of Epidemic HIV in Africa. Phil Trans Bio Sci 356 1410, 911-920. 2001
Drucker E , Alcabes PG, and Marx, PA The Injection Century: Massive Unsterile Injecting and the Emergence of Human Pathogens. The Lancet 358 1989-92 2001
Madhava V, Burgess C, Drucker E The Epidemiology of chronic of Hepatits C infection in Sub Saharan Africa Lancet Infectious Diseases (2) 293-302 2002
Drucker, E Population Impact of Mass Incarceration Under New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws : An Analysis of Years of Life Lost Journal of Urban Health : Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 9(3) 434-435 2002
Drucker E The Crack Chronicles: Perspectives on Understanding the Trajectory of a New Drug. Special Issue Editor and Introduction Addiction Research and Theory. 11 1 2003
L Daniels The State of Black America 2003 National Urban League NY, NY 2003
J. Lowinson, P Ruiz, R. Millman, J. Langrod Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fourth Edition Williams and Wilkins NY, NY 2004
Barreras R and Drucker E. The concentration of substance use, criminal justice involvement, and HIV/AIDS in the families of drug offenders Journal of Urban Health March 2005
Drucker E. A Plague of Prisons: Drugs, Crime, and the Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration The New Press NY, NY 2006

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