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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… Read More
DPA Podcast Episode 14: Derek Riffs on How Kellyanne Conway Inadvertently Made the Case for Legalizing Drugs
Kellyanne Conway's lack of experience and inability to effectively address the overdose crisis was on full display last month when she jokingly told a forum of young people: “eat the ice cream, have the… Read More
One of the most egregious outcomes of marijuana prohibition is that many seriously ill people cannot legally access the medicine that works best for them. Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto… Read More
Decriminalization of marijuana possession is a necessary first step toward more comprehensive reforms of the drug prohibition regime. Yet decriminalization alone does not address many of the greatest harms of… Read More
In early January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Mr. “good people don’t smoke marijuana”) began the year by firing a shot across the bow to states that have legalized marijuana. Will it have a chilling effect?… Read More
Harm reduction is a public health philosophy and intervention that seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.
Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program has helped these people improve their quality of life and become active members of their family and society again. View their stories to learn about the struggles they endured… 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
Rates of opioid use, dependence, and overdose in the United States are reaching epidemic-level proportions. In this action plan, DPA outlines a robust response focused on effective treatment, harm reduction, prevention… Read More