I never realized that testifying before Congress could be so much fun!
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.
In the last few years, as the consequences of opioid use have become more recognized among whites--so widespread this is now considered an epidemic--reforms for drug policies have finally been considered.
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...
Nation states and drug cartels are not the only powerful institutional actors in the international community. Transnational civil society networks can also be powerful, which is why some member states discourage them.
Seattle police officers got a surprise the day a woman approached with cocaine rocks in her hand and asked to be arrested. "I want to be enrolled in the LEAD program," she said, referring to a new initiative aimed at diverting people who are frequently arrested into social services and treatment.
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 ...
LISBON, Portugal -- This week's U.N. summit on the global drug problem is already a turning point in our collective journey toward improving global drug policy. Whatever the final formal conclusions, reforms are on and history is in the making.
At The Bronx Defenders, we bear tragic witness to this every day, week after week, year after year. If New York City is truly interested in addressing our homelessness crisis and rebuilding trust with communities of color, eliminating these so-called "drug-related" evictions should be its first task.
My wife was the first to discover Nini's secret. I was away on a diplomatic mission when she called to tell me. I booked a flight home straight after hanging-up the phone. My hands were trembling. How could our 30-year old daughter have hidden her drug habit from us?
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.
There is a great deal of Sturm and Drang afflicting the leading lights of the drug policy reform community at the moment.
SAO PAULO -- Rather than focusing on the "world drug problem" as prohibitionists are want to do, we should instead be addressing the "problematic way we deal with drugs." Formulated this way, it is then possible to have a genuinely "people-centered" approach to drug policy that actually improves lives rather than destroys them.
When I argue for greater compassion towards addicts, I often get somebody replying who says something like: "Then you shouldn't call them 'addicts.' Stop using that word." It's a serious argument, and one that is worth thinking through in public.
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.
Institutional racism is stitched into the fabric of the drug war and beyond, and its damaging influence has outlived Nixon's appalling legacy.