Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Jag Davies
Psychedelic substances have been used around the world for thousands of years for religious and therapeutic purposes. In the 1950s and 1960s, psychedelics were considered promising treatments for a broad range of… Read More
By Julie Netherland
In case you missed it, the walking dead are taking over East Harlem. The New York Times referred to an area of high K2 use in East Harlem as "a street of zombies;" the New York Daily News (citing NYPD Commissioner… Read More
By Jag Davies
Coming of age in Miami in the 1980s and 90s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic felt omnipresent, as everyone's life was touched by it in one way or another.  When one of my childhood friends died of AIDS-related complications… Read More
By Laura Krasovitzky
What if Oliver Sacks had been born 20 years later? Would he have been able to explore new avenues of neurochemical and psychiatric research to the extent that he did? Probably not... at least not legally, since a 20-year… Read More
By Joy Haviland
One of the countless myths underlying the war on drugs is that people who sell drugs are violent. We’re told in school, by the media, or by law enforcement that people who sell drugs, even marijuana, are aggressive… Read More
By Meagan Glaser
I spent the majority of my life hiding the reason behind my parents’ divorce. When kids at school asked why my dad wasn’t around, it was easier to say he left us and now lives up state rather than explain the… Read More
By Tony Newman
The United States’ longest, unwinnable war is the "war on drugs." Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA’s urging us to “Just Say No,” illegal drugs are still as available as… Read More
By Emma Bracy
Crack was used as a scapegoat for complex social problems — unemployment, poor education, lack of resources, violence, and the list goes on. It was easy to blame drugs for inner-city woes, which made the War On Drugs… Read More
By Sharda Sekaran
It’s a story so awful that even though my job involves constantly reading news about drug war atrocities, I avoided this one for days.    Charnesia Corley has come forward about an incident that… Read More