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Drug Court v. LEAD: What Is the Difference?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images The time is ripe for conversations about criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to drug use. It can no longer be ...

Reducing Harms of Harmless Pleasures: The Role of Civil Society

Katherine Pettus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

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.

Ahead Of A Key Meeting, Russia Is Driving Global Drug Policy Into The Ground

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the w...

A Love Letter to Tracey Helton Mitchell (Author of "The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin"

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Tracey Helton Mitchell exposes her blemishes, and that is an understatement. She doesn't make heroin addiction or selling her body at all romantic, an...

Law Enforcement Give HOPE to People With Drug Addiction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images When Tom Bashore became Chief of the Nashville Police Department he wasn't expecting to spearhead a ground-breaking program o...

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.

The U.S. Wants To Adopt A More Humane Drug Policy. Just Be Careful What You Call It.

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

Drug policy groups at a major gathering in Vienna last week were alarmed when a report emerged that a top U.S. drug official had derided harm reductio...

Drug Use in the Military and the Need for Harm Reduction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

When Kevin Rumley joined the Marine Corps after 9/11 to fight for his county, he never dreamed it would set him on a path to heroin addiction. But then again, no one who has struggled with drug dependency ever imagined ending up in that place.

Harm Reduction Drug Policies Gaining Momentum Across the Country

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

From halls of government to family living rooms, the country is positioning for a dramatic shift in attitudes about drug policy that might finally mean an end to the drug war in favor of a public health and human rights approach.

New Documentary Shows What A Humane Approach To Addiction Actually Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the early moments of "Chasing Heroin," a new "Frontline" documentary that will air Tuesday on PBS and online at 9 p.m. EST, a police ...

This Mayor Wants His City To Be The First In The U.S. With A Supervised Heroin Injection Site

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New York mayor is proposing to offer the first supervised injection facility in the U.S., making it possible for heroin users to injec...

The Rehab Industry Needs to Clean Up Its Act. Here's How.

The Influence | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Done right, addiction treatment can transform lives, with a hugely positive impact on society. It is often the difference between life and death, or between a productive recovery and a life of despair. Yet all too often that opportunity is being blown.

Landmark Decision Opens First Needle Exchange in Conservative Orange County

Kyle Barbour | Posted 02.13.2016 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last month Congressional Republicans rallied behind an effort to lift a decades-old ban against federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

Kentucky Q&A on Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

In early 2015 Kentucky shocked the nation by becoming the first Southern state to officially legalize syringe exchange programs. Since then the news has covered the successful roll-out of a couple different syringe exchange programs through local health departments, but has also reported some backlash coming from the legislature.

Law Enforcement Lead West Virginia Efforts to Implement Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.04.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Some people were surprised when West Virginia became one of the first Southern states to operate an above-ground syringe exchange program. But for Jim Johnson, now retired Chief of Police for Huntington, West Virginia, syringe exchange was a common sense solution to an increasingly complex problem.

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

Recovering Addicts Battle Kenya’s Exploding Heroin Problem

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.12.2015 | World

MALINDI, Kenya -- Heroin addicts in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi used to call Mohamed Said Mapera "The Doctor." He was one of the first people i...

NYC to South Bronx, Latino Drug Users: No Feliz Navidad

Joyce A. Rivera | Posted 12.09.2015 | New York
Joyce A. Rivera

While our public health and elected officials are publicly talking about plans to end the AIDS epidemic, the heroin epidemic, and the opioid overdose epidemic, they are diffidently making decisions which hurt our chances on all of these fronts.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Unprecedented Momentum to End the Drug War: Top Stories of 2015

Tony Newman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Over the last few years there has been undeniable momentum to end our country's disastrous war on drugs. Both voters and elected officials are looking for alternatives to the unwinnable drug war. 2015 continued the trend. Here are some of the top stories of the year that give us hope.

Famed Historian Sees 19th-Century Solution To Current Heroin Crisis

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Courtwright, the nation's leading historian on drug use and drug policy, has published an article in the New England Journal of Me...

Cannabis Concentrates: Green Salvation or a Sticky Mess?

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

As cannabis regulatory change wafts through major American states and budding entrepreneurs hungry for profit high jack everything green I thought it was time to share the results of the biggest study of Butane Hash Oil (BHO, cannabis concentrates) ever conducted.

FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse th...

Why Being Honest About Drug-Related Risk Might Be the Best Public Health Policy Ever

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

While I understand that drug use for some people is unwise (and best avoided) either because of their age, pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerabilities, the decision to use drugs is one that must always be treated with respect.