Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Virginia Purcell
Just in case you missed it yesterday, the New York Daily News published an op-ed by DPA’s deputy director of national affairs, Grant Smith. The piece takes an intersectional approach to analyzing America’s… Read More
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
Last month, the New York Times published an article declaring the prohibition of alcohol in the Indian state of Bihar a success. The author cites the decline in consumption and sale of alcohol, falling crime rates and… Read More
By Bill Piper
According to news reports President Donald Trump will not be nominating Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (colloquially referred to as the “drug czar”). This is a… Read More
By Jolene Forman
In his first 100 days in office, Trump has pushed for a return to the ineffective drug war policies of the 1980s and 90s. He has advocated for more aggressive policing, higher mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses as… Read More
By Stefanie Jones
Alcohol and other drugs are inevitably part of our lives in some way, sometimes whether we like it or not.  Despite their ubiquity, when you scratch the surface there’s often a lot that people don’t know… Read More
By Michael Collins
President Trump invited President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House on Saturday after having a “very friendly conversation with Mr. Duterte” in which the two “discussed the fact that the… Read More
By Armando Gudino
Earlier this month my son asked “Dad can you break down the LA Riots for me?” Since then I’ve had several conversations with him about what happened in 1992. I was 19 years old and had recently started… Read More
By Jolene Forman
New Report Calls for More Research to Better Understand the Effects of Drug Use on Driving A new report on drug-impaired driving finds that the relationship between a drug’s presence in the body and its effect on… Read More
By Diana Davila
“They’re bringing drugs” is what Donald Trump said about Mexican immigrants like me during his campaign. While there is a lot to say about his remarks, today I want to talk about his proposed solution for… Read More
By Mike Nguy
When one thinks of science, it is common to think of lab coats, test tubes, and molecules. Our perception of the sciences is shaped largely by the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, math, etc. - the “hard”… Read More