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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Overview With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on… 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 booklet from the ACLU addresses what constitutional rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Farsi,… Read More
On this Drug Policy Alliance Telephone Town Hall, Angela Y. Davis, political activist and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Santa Cruz, discusses the healing and restoration of communities that… Read More
Overview One solution to reducing the number of people swept into the criminal justice system for drug law violations is to enact various forms of decriminalization of drug use and possession. Decriminalization is the… Read More
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): Reducing the Role of Criminalization in Local Drug Control (English/Spanish)
Many U.S. cities are taking steps to reduce the role of criminalization in their local drug policies. Seattle, Washington has been at the forefront of this effort, pioneering a novel pre-booking diversion program for… 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
Learn about naloxone, a low-cost, non-narcotic drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.