Fact Sheets

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...

Marijuana arrests are the engine driving the U.S. war on drugs. In 2013, there were 693,482 marijuana arrests in the U.S. – more than 45 percent of all drug arrests. Nearly 88 percent of these arrests were for...

Decriminalization of marijuana possession is a necessary first step toward a more comprehensive reform of the drug prohibition regime. However decriminalization alone does not address many of the greatest harms of...

The Obama administration says that drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. Yet both his budget and his drug policies continue to emphasize enforcement, prosecution and...

Need-to-know facts about women, prison and the drug war.

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-three states, one U.S. territory (Guam) and the...

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...

List of states with 911 Good Samaritan laws and/or naloxone access policies in place.

Marijuana’s medical efficacy derives largely from more than 70 unique chemicals – called cannabinoids – that each have important therapeutic properties. Currently, 23 states, one U.S. territory (...

Una de las consecuencias más indignantes de la prohibición de la marihuana es que muchas personas gravemente enfermas no tienen acceso legal a la medicina que funciona mejor para ellas. Veintitré...

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