Drug Policy Alliance Blog

02/06/18
By Jessica Gelay
It is estimated that nearly 500 New Mexicans die every year from opioid overdoses. Tens of thousands more struggle with opioid use disorders (OUD), with limited access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) like methadone or… Read More
01/25/18
By Sasha Simon
This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a week dedicated to linking teens with experts and science-based information about drugs, sponsored every year by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s a wonderful idea… Read More
01/22/18
By Hannah Hetzer
Proper implementation of Iran’s recent changes to its penal code would save the lives of 5,000 people currently facing capital punishment for drug offenses in the country. After China, Iran executes more people than any… Read More
01/18/18
By Michelle Wright
Last week, as Washington, D.C. handled an aggressive onslaught of weather referred to as a “bomb cyclone,” the biggest news hitting the Associated Press was the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the 2013… Read More
01/02/18
By Tamar Todd
A lot needs to be done to ensure an equitable transition to marijuana legalization for the sixth largest economy in the world. The new year brings with it a new era for marijuana in California. January 1, 2018 marks the… Read More
12/20/17
By Derek Rosenfeld
It’s the end of the year, people are getting excited about the holidays, and millions of people are making plans for partying on New Year’s Eve. And for lots of people, their version of partying includes using drugs. So for… Read More
12/18/17
By Erika Nagasaki
Drug use and experimentation tend to proliferate on college campuses. For those who can afford this experience, campuses are often a sanctuary for drug use. In high school, drinking alcohol was my only experience with… Read More
12/07/17
By Widney Brown
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced plans this week to move forward with making Wisconsin the first U.S. state to drug test people applying for food stamps. We’ve been down this road before. Several states have… Read More
12/04/17
By Morgan Humphrey
On this day, 49 years ago, 21 year-old Fred Hampton, Black Panther Party of Self-Defense State chairman, was drugged and assassinated by the Chicago Police Department (with the assistance of the FBI).  Just another day of… Read More
11/30/17
By Hannah Hetzer
The President of the Philippines is responsible for a brutal drug war that has killed thousands of people in his country. He is also the protagonist in a series of online video games that glorify these murders. In these… Read More