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The Way We Talk About Drug 'Abuse' Is Harmful -- And It Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics

Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ― a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “...

Congressman Rips Pharma Company For Price Gouging On Heroin Overdose Drug

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his opening remarks at the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the heroin epidemic, Rep. Elijah Cummin...

New York Law Blocks Judges From Practicing Medicine From The Bench

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug court judges in New York will no longer be allowed to order defendants in recovery to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications as ...

Booker and Gillibrand Call for Compassion

Joe Schrank | Posted 05.17.2015 | New York
Joe Schrank

Senators Corey Booker (D, NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) stopped by the Manhattan office of the Drug Policy Alliance Sunday afternoon to promote their new bill, "The CARERS act".  Marijuana is currently a schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin.

Marijuana Should Be Legal, but We Should Protect Our Kids

David Sheff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
David Sheff

It's not often that the White House responds directly to a newspaper op-ed, as it did last week when the New York Times editorial board published its ...

Let's Be Clear Who Has Caused the Border Crisis -- Us and Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

The massive influx of young refugees from Honduras and other Central American countries is due to the drug war, to the illegality of drugs, to the com...

The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs

Bill Piper | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

Sadly, the administration continues to keep its head in the sand when it comes to the massive number of arrests each year for marijuana and other drugs. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being arrested each year for nothing more than possession.

Saki Knafo

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing pu...

The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

Hunter Stuart

This Bill Would Change The Whole Game On Federal Pot Laws | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is prohibited by law from studying or lending support to the potential benefits of marijuana. But a bill in...

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Deputy Drug Czar Admits Alcohol Worse Than Weed

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy admitted on Tuesday that alcohol poses a greater public health risk than marijuana. ...

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

Edward H. Jurith, 1951- 2013, Attorney, White House Drug Policy Leader

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.

I Owed Drug Czar Kerlikowske an Apology

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

I deeply regret that I was unfair to Mr. Kerlikowske and misled the readers of Huffington Post regarding his support and commitment on important public health issues.

Drug Czar Kerlikowske on His Way Out

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

This morning, President Obama nominated Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to be the Customs Commissioner. Kerlikowske has been an unimaginative drug czar, often invisible. His departure is good news for drug policy.

Drug Czar Puts Punishment Over Prevention

Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy has promised a "21st century" approach to drug policy, but the White House budget re...

Drugs Are a Bipartisan Issue

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThis year, exactly three decades after both Democrats and Republicans first focused on creating the office that today leads drug policy efforts, both parties should co-lead today's drug challenges based on what we know can work.

Response to 2011 National Drug Control Strategy

Deni Carise | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Deni Carise

Having finally officially ended our own "War on Drugs," can we also end the war on substance abusers by removing the barriers that prevent far too many from receiving the care they need?

Is Roger Clemens a Victim of the Drug War?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Anthony Papa

The drug war has slowly but surely infiltrated the public's eye through different vehicles. Now it is attempting to bring its message through the sport of baseball.

The Price Mexico Pays for America's 'Insatiable' Demand for Drugs

Deni Carise | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deni Carise

The US fuels Mexico's drug earnings, which represent a full 10 percent of the country's economy. Each year, a whopping $25 billion in drug proceeds is smuggled into Mexico from the US.

My Testimony to Congress on the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The predominant role that criminalization and the criminal justice system play in dealing with particular drugs and drug use in this country is unsustainable in both fiscal and human terms.

An Imperfect Improvement: Obama's New Drug War Strategy

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.

Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.

Fear Mongers Attack a NYC Harm Reduction Pamphlet that Saves Lives

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

The brochure under attack is directed toward the city's residents who inject drugs, and it serves the critical purpose of reducing disease transmission, preventing overdoses and saving lives.