Drug Policy Alliance Blog

07/19/17
By Sheila P Vakharia
On May 31st, the AP announced over 200 changes to their Stylebook – including some guidance on how to write about addiction. Words like ‘addict’ and ‘abuser’ were to be avoided and replaced with... Read More

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07/17/17
By Ami Kachalia
Last week marked fifty years since the Newark Rebellion. On July 12, 1967, Newark, NJ residents rose up in protest after John Smith, an African-American cab driver, was violently beaten by members of the Newark police... Read More

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07/14/17
By Hannah Hetzer
Next week, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at... Read More

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07/10/17
By Jag Davies
Half of all adults in the U.S. have used an illegal drug at some point.   If this was your loved one, family member or friend, would they deserve to be arrested, jailed, and face a lifetime of punishment and... Read More

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07/07/17
By Muhammad Rehman
How have our representatives still not learned anything from the failed War on Drugs?  Research shows that criminalization is an ineffective response to drug use, yet our congressmen and women continue to follow the... Read More

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07/06/17
By Melissa Franqui
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rolled out a disastrous healthcare bill drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate Republicans that would rollback provisions in the Affordable Care Act that has... Read More

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07/05/17
By Iolanthe Brooks
On buses and billboards across the country, preened models with crossed arms stand next to the question: What is Vivitrol? Though a provocative question, policy makers and community members ought to be asking a more... Read More

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06/30/17
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
In a joint statement, the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) expressed their support for countries in the review and repeal of laws that criminalize drug use and possession of drugs for personal use.... Read More

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06/29/17
By Melissa Franqui
It’s the 1970’s. The Jackson 5, Donna Summer and the Bees Gees reign over the airwaves, and velour pant suits, flared denim, and corduroy jackets are fashion forward. Disco explodes and by the end of the decade... Read More

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06/28/17
By Virginia Purcell
The LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, two of California’s most prominent newspapers, came out in support of DPA sponsored harm reduction and sentencing reform bills that are currently in the California state... Read More

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