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Julie Netherland
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Julie Netherland is the New York deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Making Drug Policy More Evidence-based: The Role of Scientists and Other Scholars

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 2:21 PM

A few years ago Nicholas Kristof, an op ed writer for the New York Times, penned an opinion piece titled Professors, We Need You!Nowhere is this truer than in drug policy where scientific evidence seems to have little to do with how policy gets made. Despite a...

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How New York's Medical Marijuana Program is Leaving Patients Behind

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 10:00 AM

Since New York's medical marijuana program rolled out in January, only 2039 patients have registered to participate. Of those, only half are estimated to have purchased medical marijuana. Why have so few patients enrolled, and why have only half of those received any medicine? Working with

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Leading Medical Experts Call for Drug Policy Overhaul, Including Decriminalizing Drugs and Exploring Legal Regulation

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 11:25 AM

As policymakers weigh "what to do about drugs," they almost always focus on the potential harms of drugs and almost never on the harms of our drug policies themselves. But Thursday an esteemed group of researchers issued a comprehensive report on public health and international drug policy...

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World AIDS Day: We Must Do More to Help People Who Use Drugs

(13) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 10:26 AM

As we commemorate World AIDS Day today, we need to remind ourselves that today is more than remembrances and reflections. As we look back to honor those who have died, we should also look forward and take action to prevent more needless deaths. World AIDS Day is a call to...

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The Danger of Drug Scares: Why It's Time to Turn Down the K2 Hysteria

(15) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 4:27 PM

In case you missed it, the walking dead are taking over East Harlem. The New York Times referred to an area of high K2 use in East Harlem as "a street of zombies;" the New York Daily News (citing NYPD Commissioner Bratton) claims "Synthetic marijuana gives...

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The Moral High Ground: Why NYS Senate Should Pass the Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Albany, mired in a slew of corruption scandals, now has the opportunity to end this legislative session on the moral high ground. They can pass a bill that will help save the lives of children suffering with epilepsy and other critically ill patients by establishing a medical marijuana emergency access...

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When the Political is Personal

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 9:40 AM

Perhaps one of the most painful human experiences is being criticized or attacked simply for who you are, how you look or what you believe -- a rejection of your very person and embodiment. Unfortunately, ours is a culture that seems to thrive on violently enforcing existing systems of power...

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Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:55 PM

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs. I'm thinking about all the families torn apart by the drug war -- all the families who won't be spending time...

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Stigma and Big Pharma: Why Are States Denying People Who Use Illicit Drugs or Alcohol Life-saving Medical Treatment?

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Imagine learning that your terminal illness could be cured only to be told that you were going to denied access to the medication that could save you. This is precisely the situation facing thousands of people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Gilead, the maker of Sovaldi, a medication...

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E-Cigarettes and Maintenance Therapy: A Smart Public Health Approach

(28) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:04 PM

I don't smoke, but I find myself fascinated by and passionate about the debate over e-cigarettes. Why? Because e-cigarettes illustrate how harm reduction approaches to drug policy, particularly maintenance or substitution therapies, are at once both filled with promise and deeply misunderstood.

The U.S., using public health approaches, has made...

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70 Years After the LaGuardia Commission Report on Marijuana: A Symposium on How NY Can Do Better

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, the hugely popular Mayor of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s, was known for his leadership on the New Deal and his many public works. Less widely known is that he was also a leader on progressive marijuana policy reform. 70 years ago, the New...

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Heroin and Painkiller Deaths Require Public Health Policies

(21) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 12:45 PM

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought public attention not only to rising heroin overdose rates, but also to the unprecedented use of opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Opana in mainstream America: in suburbs, rural towns, and affluent urban neighborhoods like Hoffman's. Prescription opioids are

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The New York State Senate Needs to Stop Playing Politics With Medical Marijuana Patients' Lives

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Some days -- and today is one of them -- I wake up wishing that the New York State Senate leadership could spend the day answering my phone, because every day I receive calls from patients and caregivers who want me to explain to them why the Senate has refused...

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