The war on drugs and mass criminalization deeply impact the LGBTQIA+ community, especially as LGBTQIA+ individuals are more vulnerable to problematic substance use. Trauma, discrimination, stigmatization, and living at… Read More
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While men are more likely to be targeted by drug law enforcement, many of the drug war’s victims are women. Largely as a result of draconian drug laws, women are one of the fast growing segments of the U.S. prison… Read More
Helen Alvillar lost her son to overdose. Vernon Lewis is an overdose prevention coordinator who trains people to use naloxone. Watch their stories and then learn more about how naloxone saves lives.
Extend your learning Learn about effective ways to address problematic opioid use and overdose. DPA has an action plan that outlines a robust response focused on effective treatment, harm reduction, prevention, and… Read More
This issue brief explains New York's new 911 Good Samaritan Law that went into effect on September 18, 2011. Enclosed is background information about overdose deaths in New York, details about the new law which seeks to… Read More
Overdose prevention efforts around the nation demonstrate the immense value and efficacy of a public health and safety approach to the problem of drug misuse in society. Proven strategies are available to reduce the… Read More
This fact sheet explains how 911 Good Samaritan laws can save lives. These laws protect people from arrest and prosecution for drug possession when they call 911 to report an overdose.
Learn about naloxone, a low-cost, non-narcotic drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
List of states with 911 Good Samaritan laws and/or naloxone access policies in place.
DPA Telephone Town Hall: Piper Kerman, Author of “Orange is the New Black,” On What Television Can and Can't Tell Us About Women, The Drug War, and Mass Incarceration
In this Drug Policy Telephone Town Hall, best-selling author Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black) discusses her experience in prison and shares her thoughts on the exponential increase in the incarceration… Read More