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.
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Compassionate health care without fear-based legislation is what is needed to help families. Pregnant women need to be encouraged to seek prenatal care and substance treatment that is of benefit to the mother and child.
While the press often talk about the Reagan's strength, love and optimism, I see two people who are most responsible for our country's mass incarceration and destruction of millions of people's lives.
Have you ever wondered why ending the War on Drugs isn't as simple as passing a few laws in Congress? Well, it has to do with some pretty bad pieces of international law that tie the hands of national governments to policies that even they know kind of stink.
A few months ago, we met an American filmmaker who perfectly captured a turning point in our country's drug war. His documentary film, "Cartel Land," which was recently nominated for an Oscar and won a prestigious George Polk Award, made us -- and many self-described drug war analysts -- look like opinionated snobs.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, a congressional briefing will be held on Women, Girls, and Mass Incarceration. It's about time. Sadly, to many politi...
In April, the world will come together to talk about drugs. The United Nations will host the most significant high-level international drug policy event in almost two decades.