Drug Policy Alliance Blog

07/15/15
By Sharda Sekaran
"Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it." - President Obama in his July 14, 2015 speech to the NAACP annual conference Fifteen years ago, when I first started... Read More

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07/15/15
By Amanda Reiman
The word "epidemic" is often thrown around to describe any uptick in societal behavioral patterns. Recently, the word has been used to describe the increase in heroin use, overdose and treatment seeking in the... Read More

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07/09/15
By Melissa Franqui
Lorenzo Jones is the executive director of A Better Way Foundation (ABWF).  Movement builder and social justice strategist, Mr. Jones has spent 20 years as a community organizer, training advocates, community leaders,... Read More

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07/09/15
By Jolene Forman
Chicken Little, a character in the popular children’s folktale, once exclaimed, “the sky is falling!” In the story, Chicken Little mistakenly believes that the world is going to end and runs around warning... Read More

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07/08/15
By Amanda Reiman
This week, I hand-delivered more than 11,000 petitions to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco. Feinstein (D-CA) has been a leading opponent of marijuana reform, and recently spoke out against an... Read More

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07/08/15
By Mayra Espinoza-Martinez
I grew up translating for my mom. For as long as I can remember, I translated conversations between my mom and teachers, doctors, and sometimes even police officers. It was a coming-of-age experience atypical for many kids... Read More

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07/07/15
By Lynne Lyman
I just had to share what an amazing event I attended last week in Washington, DC. It felt like a real turning point in the broader public debate on the war on drugs, and I left DC, heading in to Independence Day feeling... Read More

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07/02/15
By Melissa Franqui
“Your Dose of Pop” is DPA’s contribution to a balanced media diet. We generally disseminate serious news about the serious disaster that is the drug war. However, a good deal of public opinion is shaped by... Read More

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06/29/15
By Kaitlyn Boecker
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) have introduced identical legislation in their respective chambers to support the expansion of overdose prevention services. Overdose deaths... Read More

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06/26/15
By Laura Krasovitzky
Today marks 28 years since the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly declared June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Its stated mission is to “strengthen action and cooperation to... Read More

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