Fact Sheet

Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids

November 18, 2016

Synthetic opioids refer to a category of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) that are either known to be opiates or have opiate-like effects. Fentanyl is perhaps the most well-known of the synthetic opioids, since it has been extensively researched and is one of the only substances approved for prescription use. 

How to Recognize a Drug Overdose

August 31, 2016

Overdoses and other drug-related medical emergencies are far more common than most people think – but they don’t have to be lethal.  Learn the signs of what a drug overdose or medical emergency looks like for some commonly used drugs (alcohol, MDMA, cocaine and other stimulants, heroin/opiates and cannabis) and what actions you can take to help save someone’s life.

Marijuana and Opiates

August 9, 2016

Prescription drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Many of these overdoses are related to the increasing number of people taking opiate-based medications for pain related conditions. Marijuana has been shown as an effective treatment for pain, and has a better safety profile than opiates with less risk for dependence and no risk of fatal overdose.

Marijuana Facts

July 27, 2016

Marijuana Facts is intended for people seeking answers to some of the most common questions about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape. This booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.

Synthetic Cathinones

July 13, 2016

“Bath salts” and "flakka" are names for substances that fall within a broad category of drugs called “synthetic cathinones.” Synthetic cathinones are considered “euphoric stimulants,” meaning they have a short acting duration of physical and psychological effects similar to stimulants like amphetamine. Despite widespread media attention throughout the country over the past few years, relatively few people are using synthetic cathinones compared to other drugs.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

July 13, 2016
“Synthetic marijuana” is a common, but misleading, term that refers to a class of substances more accurately called cannabinoid receptor agonists or synthetic cannabinoids. These substances are generally more harmful than plant-based marijuana. Despite widespread media attention throughout the country over the past few years, relatively few people are using synthetic cannabinoid products compared to other drugs.

The Global Drug War: Fueling Lack of Access to Essential Medicines

July 11, 2016

Millions of people around the world are needlessly dying in pain because of an imbalanced approach to drug policy. Five-and-a-half billion people live in countries with inadequate access to medicines for pain relief. This means that millions of people are suffering from avoidable pain – including 5.5 million terminal cancer patients, one million people with end-stage AIDS, 800,000 victims of accidents and violence, millions of women in labor, and millions more recovering from surgery.

Drug-Induced Homicide Laws: A Misguided Response to Overdose Deaths

April 29, 2016

Policymakers are understandably alarmed at the overdose crisis with which they are now confronted. The public is calling for help and solutions. Elected officials unfamiliar with, or resistant to, harm reduction, prevention, and treatment interventions, however, are introducing punitive, counter-productive legislative measures that allow prosecutors to charge people who provide the drugs that ultimately contribute to an overdose death with homicide.

Safer Partying Checklist

March 30, 2016

You know alcohol and other drugs are part of the music festival and concert scene – and you know that using them carries both pleasures and risks.

We want people to have honest, non-judgmental information about drugs so if they choose to use they’ll stay safe and we can all enjoy the music and have fun. Here are 5 things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about adding alcohol or other drugs to your party.

The Drug War and Mass Deportation (English/Spanish)

February 10, 2016

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations.

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