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Drug Policy

Indiana Families Deserve an Effective Syringe Exchange Policy

Bill Piper | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Indiana's Republican Governor, Mike Pence, is implementing a 30-day syringe exchange program in Scott County to combat escalating HIV/AIDS infection rates. This plan is welcome news but one program operating in one county for one month is not going to stop an epidemic.

Why I Favor Drug Legalization

Laura Weiss | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Laura Weiss

Drug-related incarceration has little to do with the risks of recreational drug use, and everything to do with keeping the systems in place that fuel violence, systemic racism, the cycle of poverty, and the prison pipeline.

A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sayegh

One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

Matt Ferner

Survey Finds Strong Majority In Support Of Marijuana Legalization And Decriminalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of de...

Time for the Harm Reduction Decade

Allan Clear | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Allan Clear

As an important United Nations meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) started in Vienna this week, diplomats from around the world were confronted with a spectacular installation of giant black and white photos.

Let's Be Sensible About MDMA

Betty Aldworth | Posted 03.09.2015 | College
Betty Aldworth

It's past time to acknowledge the plain fact that students use drugs. Let's make sure they have the education and protections they need to do so safely.

Matt Ferner

Study: Marijuana May Be Least Dangerous Recreational Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be...

The Movement Builders: Lorenzo Jones and Robert Rooks

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Sayegh

This Black History Month, we recognize Lorenzo and Robert, and thank them for their vision and leadership, which continues to undergird this movement for justice and human rights.

New Drug Czar Is Better Than Predecessors

Grant Smith | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Grant Smith

The drug czar's office has long functioned as a cheerleader for punitive drug policies. However, under the Obama administration, the drug czar's office has made a notable shift in rhetoric and tone.

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

Sam Tracy | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.

If We Don't Kick Racism Out of Criminal Justice Now, Then When?

Substance.com | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Substance.com

The failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to protect nonwhite people is at an all-time high. To begin any serious national discussion on radically transforming our criminal justice system, we must first confront our deepest beliefs about what truly makes each of us human.

The Netherlands Fights Drug Scare With Information, Not Panic

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

A spate of deaths attributed to dangerous drugs in Amsterdam has prompted a major effort by Dutch authorities to prevent further tragedy. But rath...

Texas Excited About Drug Policy Reform

Joy Strickland | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas.

Could 'Darknet' Drug Markets Be a Good Thing?

Adam Winstock | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Adam Winstock

Does depersonalizing drug deals lead to a reduction in drug related risk violence? Could dark-markets help create credible on-line communities sharing harm reduction advice at point of purchase?

A Voter's Guide to the Drug War

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

To seal the deal and truly begin to close a harrowingly destructive chapter in American history, voters going to the ballot box Tuesday need to understand how the War on Drugs has failed, in every way, for over forty years.

Open Letter to Florida Voters About Medical Marijuana and Amendment 2

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Miami
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

My Mom, who describes herself as "an antique", has much wisdom to share. What she believes is the bottom line on Amendment 2 -- compassionate care for all -- is what Florida voters should rest their vote on. Needless to say, I completely agree.

Nick Wing

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

What won't the DEA do in its war on drugs?

Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined

Doug Fine | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Doug Fine

Get ready for an entire hemp market sector that will be included in the top-of-the-hour business wraps. The reality of hemp on the ground as its first federally authorized crop in the 21st century is harvested has exceeded even my most sanguine expectations.

We Are People ­­-- Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

Jag Davies | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Jag Davies

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

Hunter Biden's Cocaine Use and Vice President Biden's Evolving Perspective on the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Vice President Biden and his son's response should be to join the millions of people who are challenging the ignorance and irrationality of locking up hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens because of a nonviolent drug offense.

California Chips Away at the Stigma of Addiction

Meghan Ralston | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

California's new law creates an opportunity for the people at greatest risk of an accidental fatal overdose to have a fact-based conversation with a pharmacist about naloxone.

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

I have been blown away to see how a committed group of leaders can have a global impact when it comes to the world's longest war: the war on drugs.

Ending Marijuana Prohibition Must Take a Historical Perspective

Jelani Hayes | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Jelani Hayes

Underlying marijuana prohibition is a familiar philosophy: to preserve social order and white supremacy and secure profits for an influential few, it is permissible, even advisable, to construct profit-bearing institutions of social control.