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.

Recent research on opioid use in states with medical marijuana laws suggests that legal access to marijuana can lead to a decrease in prescription opioid use, as well as reductions in opioid-related harms, including opioid overdose deaths.

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.

“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 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.

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.

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 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.

MDMA, often referred to as “ecstasy” or “molly”, is short for 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a psychoactive drug derived from safrole oil. MDMA produces effects that resemble both stimulants and psychedelics, as well as its signature effect: a feeling of connectedness.

The Drug Policy Alliance supports S. 683 Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which would affirm the right of states to set their own medical marijuana policies, reschedule medical marijuana to Schedule II, enable access to CBD oil, allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana dispensaries, permit VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana to veterans, and eliminate barriers to medical marijuana research.

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