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#Drug Policy

Responding To K2 With Facts Instead Of Fear

Julie Netherland | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

On Wednesday, New Yorkers awoke to news in the New York Times and New York Post that dozens of people in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn had severe reactions to a batch of K2, a commonly used name for synthetic cannabinoid products.

Marijuana Liberalization Policies: Science Doesn't Have Your Answers Yet

The Heller School | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

By Julie K. Johnson "Hello?" I warily answered a call from an unknown number as I left a lecture I had just delivered on youth and marijuana policies...

Telling U.S. Senators What They Need To Hear About Ending The Drug War

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

I never realized that testifying before Congress could be so much fun!

The American Drug Crisis -- It's Not What You Think

Sherry Gray | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Sherry Gray

While we all love to hate the man with the most punchable face in America, Martin Shkreli, his despicable actions shed light on a situation all Americ...

Before We Say 'No More Drug War,' We Need to Shout 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Not One More'

Maritza Perez | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Maritza Perez

If the drug war were truly about going after drug users and eradicating consumption, white communities would see the same levels of criminalization as communities of color -- but they have not.

Supervised Injection Facilities Are Safe Houses, Not Crack Houses

Kristen Maye | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Kristen Maye

Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) have garnered a lot of attention recently, primarily due to advocates, elected officials, and public health experts suggesting them as a viable solution to mitigate the nation's opioid overdose crisis.

The Drug War Started 45 Years Ago Today. Here's How to End It For Good

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

Former President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs" 45 years ago today. His primary motivation was to go after anti-war protesters and...

Vice President Biden: Fix Your RAVE Act Law and Save Lives

Stefanie Jones | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Stefanie Jones

Festival season is underway and sadly, we've already seen headlines about drug-related deaths. This summer, there's a unique opportunity to do something to help prevent these deaths.

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

Julie Netherland | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

Despite a robust research base and a plethora of talented scholars working on drugs and drug policy, much of our drug policy flies in the face of both reason and research.

Unmuted Speech Tells New Drug Policy Story at UNGASS 2016

Katherine Pettus | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

World Drug Policy as we know it has changed, following the laws of quantum mechanics and systems biology, which state that even a small, definitive variations can cause large changes within the macro-system.

Friday Talking Points -- Crisp Bee Urine and Other Fun Anagrams

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Colbert pointed out that "Reince Priebus" is an anagram for "crisp bee urine." Without vowels, his name becomes: "RNC PR BS" -- which could indeed also be a very foreshortened version of his job description. But there it is.

How (Not) To Address A Drug Crisis

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Julie Stewart

This election year is the 30th anniversary of the creation of mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 is ...

Censorship and Exclusion on Day One of UN Special Session on Drugs

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Diane Goldstein

I didn't fly all the way from California to New York to participate in one of the most significant conversations on drug policy in world history so that youth could be locked out of discussions about youth.

Righting the Wrongs of Global Drug Policies

Dr. Chris Beyrer | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Dr. Chris Beyrer

Bold changes in drug policies will take courage. An impressively diverse set of countries is showing it can be done - and that their citizens' lives can be improved in the process. Now the world needs to follow their lead.

The U.N. Must Listen to Children of the Drug War

Piper Anderson | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices
Piper Anderson

I was born in the 1980s, the child of drug addicts who were hunted by law enforcement and given jail time when they needed rehabilitation. I was born into an era that shamed people into the shadows and into silence and told us that addiction was a moral failure of a dangerous group of people who needed to be locked away.

U.S. Should Seek Bold New Approach on Drugs

Kenneth Roth | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kenneth Roth

At a time when all options should be on the table to resolve an urgent crisis, the U.S. has opted to think small.

Why I'm Calling to End the War on Drugs

Kofi Annan | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kofi Annan

Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions. Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric and reality more evident than in the formulation of global drug policies.

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

Julie Netherland | Posted 04.12.2016 | New York
Julie Netherland

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.

The Overdose Crisis is Making America Finally Consider Supervised Injection Facilities

Tony Newman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

There is one life-saving strategy -- supervised injection facilities -- that have been implemented in dozens of cities all around the world, but nowhere in the United States.

International Drug Policy Is Not An End, It Is The Means To Put People First

Yury Fedotov | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Yury Fedotov

Recently, I sat in a packed Vienna auditorium in the early hours of the morning as countries raced against the clock to reach agreement on an outcome document on drug policy. Given the different histories, cultures and traditions of countries, reaching agreement on such documents was never an easy proposition. But the United Nations has always striven to build accord and amity.

Legal Experts Urge UN to Reject Drug Courts

Daniel Abrahamson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Daniel Abrahamson

The U.S.-led war on drugs and U.S.-shaped international drug policies are being scrutinized and debated this month by governments from around the globe as the world's countries prepare to gather in mid-April for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session.

Mothers Will Not Be Silenced By Stigma & Shame

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Gretchen Burns Bergman

We are coming together to speak out against the War on Drugs on April 18 in front of the United Nations in New York on the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS).

Should Taxpayers Be Paying to Addict Animals to Street Drugs?

Julia Orr | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Julia Orr

Copyright: Shutterstock The Obama administration just announced new plans to tackle the increasing epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, wh...

How the City of Albany is Advancing Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.01.2016 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.

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

Julie Netherland | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

The Commission's report is a definitive and devastating indictment on global drug policies. So given the disastrous policies of the past, what should we do? The Commission's solution is quite simple -- implement evidence-based policies and interventions.