Drug Policy Alliance Blog

07/23/15
By Melissa Franqui
Stepping onto the advocacy stage in 2012 after producing the documentary “The House I Live In”, John Legend visited U.S. prisons, Portugal, and launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture campaign to change the… Read More
07/23/15
By Sharda Sekaran
Two years ago, when marijuana was brought up to smear the reputation of Trayvon Martin, I wrote “In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War.” I said, “From clothing to intoxicants, what is… Read More
07/22/15
By Evelyn Miwa
To those who have not experienced it personally, stigma remains an essentially empty term, without the emotional distress, isolation, and barriers that are inextricably, yet sometimes privately, bound to it. Drug use and… Read More
07/19/15
By Megan Farrington
A horrific murder took place on D.C.’s Metro on the Fourth of July, when a young man attacked another passenger and stabbed him to death. It had those qualities that make us desperate for an explanation: It was… Read More
07/19/15
By Amanda Reiman
It was the typical conference setting, a brightly lit, very cold room with chairs arranged in rows in front of the stage. The crowd hurried to grab another dose of caffeine from the always-available coffee in the back of the… Read More
07/16/15
By Laura Krasovitzky
Whether it’s through a laundry cart or a mile-long ventilated tunnel, escaping from a maximum security prison in Mexico is clearly not as hard as it seems after one of the world’s most wanted fugitives,… Read More
07/15/15
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 the happenings… Read More
07/15/15
By Melissa Franqui
Tatiana Nobels has a powerful story. Smart, young, talented and committed, Tatiana dedicates her life to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the drug war and mass incarceration. Tatiana works for VOCAL, one of DPA’s most… Read More
07/14/15
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
07/14/15
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