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The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amanda Bent

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.

President Obama's Human Rights Report to China

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

In summit discussions with President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack Obama might want to open new lines of communication over human rights by reflecting candidly on America's own failings, following a script something like this:

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

Marijuana: The Gateway to the White House

Josh Pearson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Josh Pearson

The drug war has failed, and it's astounding that many on the GOP debate stage still cling to drug war scare tactics reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.

Catherine Hiller Is Not Your Average Marijuana Legalizer -- She's More Dangerous

Theodore Caputi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Media
Theodore Caputi

While there will always be people who overcome the odds to achieve outstanding levels of success, it is not realistic to advocate that persistent marijuana smoking is a healthy lifestyle.

Joe Biden Has A Serious Drug Policy Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

Joe Biden carries into any presidential run the burden of his own history -- in particular, his complicity in crafting a generation of drug policies ...

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

The Drug Education Teens Really Need

Nisa Yasmine Rashid | Posted 08.27.2015 | Teen
Nisa Yasmine Rashid

In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.

Many Anti-Pot Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Many of the common claims about marijuana -- that it's a gateway drug, for example, or that legalization of the plant often results in more people us...

Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ's Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Ju...

Senate Committee Passes Crucial Marijuana Reform

Bill Piper | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries.

A Matter of Life and Death: It's Time to Get Proactive About Cannabis and Opiates

Amanda Reiman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The elephant in the room is the powerful tool we already have for preventing opiate related overdose and death by preventing opiate dependence, cannabis.

Ryan Grim

Big News For Pot Research | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligne...

Dear Media: Please Use This Realistic Marijuana B-Roll for Your News Stories

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media
Sharda Sekaran

We've all seen it before, an otherwise normal news story about marijuana policy that cuts away to footage of cannabis caricatures. It's goofy, awkward, condescending and doesn't reflect the average marijuana consumer, who more than likely looks like a normal person you might see at a bank, supermarket or office.

Harm Reduction Meets Healthcare Reform Where It's At In the Empire State

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, we knew that new opportunities were emerging for drug users who were disconnected from the traditional healthcare system.

Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

Tony Newman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.

Spanish Police Seize Hundreds Of Pounds Of Cocaine Hidden In Pineapples

AP | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested three suspects and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine that had been concealed within a...

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.

For Our 10th Birthday, We're Raising Money For These 10 Issues

Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

The Huffington Post has spent a decade growing, learning and redefining the media landscape. But on our 10th birthday, one founding principle that's r...

Lessons Learned: The Journey to Legalize Marijuana and End the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

For the last 15 years I've dedicated my life to ending our country's disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.

Carly Schwartz

America's War On Drugs Has Failed. This Program Might Be The Solution. | Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Hillary's Speech: I'm Delighted But Disappointed Too

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The fact that the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president chose the subject of mass incarceration as the focus of her first major policy address since she announced her candidacy is of great significance politically.

DEA Chief Resignation Opportunity to Appoint Reformer

Bill Piper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

As states legalize marijuana, reform sentencing, and treat drug use more as a health issue and less as a criminal justice issue, the DEA must change with the times. Michele Leonhart's departure is an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked years or even decades away fr...

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.