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Drug Policy

Obama Drug Control Strategy Focuses On Prevention, Treatment

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House is putting more resources into drug prevention and treatment, part of President Barack Obama's pledge to treat ille...

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.

Censored: Ad Criticizing Mayor Bloomberg for Out of Control Marijuana Arrest Policy is "Too Controversial"

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

There's one ad you won't see while driving along the BQE: a rejected billboard highlighting Mayor Bloomberg's marijuana arrests policies in New York City.

18th International AIDS Conference: Action not Rhetoric on HIV and Human Rights

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

The following is based upon a press release by Human Rights Watch. The upcoming 18th annual International AIDS Conference should focus on reaching th...

Experts Urge For Global Drug Policy Reform

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

VIENNA — Policies that criminalize drug users fuel the spread of AIDS and should be reformed, experts preparing for an international conference ...

Study: Chicago's Heroin Problem Worst In The Nation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago and its suburban counties are suffering the worst heroin problem in America, according to a new study. Nearly 24,000 people in the area were ...

America's Longest War

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

After almost 40 years of a disastrous policy, maybe it's time, in the words of the late great Bill Mauldin, to declare victory and get the hell out of...

Real Change or Changing Rhetoric? Monitoring the Shift in US Drug Policy

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Since President Obama's election, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has been making noises about a shift in approach and priorities towards addressing drugs and drug problems.

Harm Reduction in the United States: Whose History? (Part 2)

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Yesterday I wrote about an editorial that was rejected by an academic journal in fall 2009 that outlined the history of harm reduction in the United ...

Harm Reduction in the United States: Whose History? (Part 1)

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

In the fall of 2009, I was asked by an academic journal to contribute a 1,500 word editorial that outlined the history of harm reduction in the United...

Let's End the War on Drugs

Sting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The War on Drugs has failed -- but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned.

Why the Vietnamese Don't Want to Go to Rehab

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Drug treatment in Southeast Asia is brutal, exploitative, and practically worthless.

Most Improved (Drug Policy) Player: The USA

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

One of the thematic threads holding together the 53rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the CND is the UN's global drug policy body) was th...

Reforming Drug Treatment in the US: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

If the US is serious about addressing stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs, it needs to come up with a plan to do so without stigmatizing and discriminating against them.

Cannabis and the Christian Science Monitor

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norm Stamper

When the government rejects rational, research-driven, evidence-based approaches to drug policy, and our safety, it's time for the people to act.

The Case Against The Colorado Springs DA Who Tried To Shut Down A Medical Pot Operation

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

It's amazing how many people in Colorado Springs, like DA Dan May, claim they support the medicinal use of marijuana, at least in theory, yet seem determined to eradicate it in practice.

Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy: Seventh Grader Suspended For Touching Adderall Pill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A seventh grader who touched a prescription drug pill while at school has been suspended for a week because of her school's interpretation of their ze...

Chronic Pain and Torture

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Treating severe pain is also almost entirely in the hands of governments. Political commitment is needed to overcome the regulatory barriers and lack of training of health providers worldwide.

ReThink Interview: Cevin Soling, Director of the War On Kids

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The War On Kids, a documentary by Cevin (pronounced "Kevin") Soling, goes inside the American public school system to reveal some unsettling truths --...

Mexico: Tijuana's Drug War Focuses On Police

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

EDITOR'S NOTE: AP reporter Elliot Spagat follows Tijuana's new public safety chief, Julian Leyzaola, for eight months as he launches the city's most a...

Colorado's War on Drugs a Fiscal Disaster

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Colorado's failed attempt to incarcerate away drugs costs taxpayers roughly $140 million per year just for prison beds. Budget hawks have turned a blind eye to one of the most extreme spending sprees in state history.

Holder's Baby Step On Medical Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's plan is good news for medical marijuana advocates, but although this is a historic shift in the War on Drugs, it does not go far enough because it does not resolve the illogic of the underlying legal issue.

Let's Eliminate Welfare for Terrorists

Mike Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Gray

International drug prohibition, headed by the United States, has, in effect, created a global mechanism that is in the process of eating our civilization alive. Fortunately, we can reverse it with a pen stroke.

Turning the Corner on Drug Law Reform

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Australians are acutely aware that the U.S. is and has been since 1971 the chest-thumping, fist-banging four-star general in the global war on drugs. Their willingness to stand up to our bullying ways is growing.

Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps -- and What They Say About Our Idiotic Drug Policies

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Why do we as a country encourage the consumption of drugs that are far more harmful than some of the drugs, like marijuana, we outright criminalize?