Drug Policy Alliance Blog

08/02/17
By Henry York
In 2012, Honduran police opened fire on a small passenger boat they thought carried drug traffickers. Instead, firing shots from both a police boat and a machine gun-equipped helicopter overhead, the police killed four… Read More
07/31/17
By Jessica Gelay
Racial and ethnic differences have been part of the fabric of the political and social fiber of the United States since it was established. The writers of the Constitution codified white racial superiority in the… Read More
07/26/17
By Cat Packer
*Editor's note: In this monthly blog series, the Drug Policy Alliance will examine the nexus between the war on drugs and law enforcement practices that result in the mass criminalization, incarceration and dehumanization of… Read More
07/18/17
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
07/16/17
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
07/13/17
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
07/09/17
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
07/06/17
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
07/05/17
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
07/04/17
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