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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.

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Tessie Castillo: Congratulations on S. 192! Can you describe the bill? JM: This bill will allocate money for substance use treatment, including in ...

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

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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.

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 05.10.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.