Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Melissa Franqui
It’s the 1970’s. The Jackson 5, Donna Summer and the Bees Gees reign over the airwaves, and velour pant suits, flared denim, and corduroy jackets are fashion forward. Disco explodes and by the end of the decade… Read More
By Zacchaeus Stanton
*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… Read More
By Virginia Purcell
The LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, two of California’s most prominent newspapers, came out in support of DPA sponsored harm reduction and sentencing reform bills that are currently in the California state… Read More
By Alexandrea Hatcher
“There can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” These piercing words were delivered by No Justice No Pride, one of the many grass roots movements taking a stand at this year’s Pride… Read More
By Chris Alexander
The June 2016 killing of Philando Castile shook a Minnesota community and the nation. Black America woke up once again to find one of our own the victim of state-sanctioned killing. Again, America was made to confront its… Read More
By Bethany Perryman
“You are only as sick as your secrets,” we say. People in recovery from struggles with addiction know this line by heart. To be open and honest about my years of problematic substance use, and my 4 years of… Read More
By Bethany Perryman
The Senate is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act — Trumpcare — before the July 4th recess, or by the end of July. The AHCA is the Republicans' long-touted attempt to repeal and replace the… Read More
By Jessica Gelay
For more than two decades, New Mexico has suffered from a disproportionate rate of opioid overdoses compared to nearly every other state in the nation. Our families are traumatized as they continue to lose loved ones, and… Read More
By Eunisses Hernandez
I am what you call a policy wonk. I work to end the war on drugs and dismantle the criminal justice system through polices based on health and human rights. The best days in this work are when you pass a policy or law. It… Read More
By Derek Hodel
Last week, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, an African American man, during a traffic stop that took place last year. In an incident that shocked… Read More