How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction

Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • NO

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • NO

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • NO

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice

How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 131,887

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 80.9% white, 12.7% black, 6.3% other.
    Drug arrests (2011): 71.7
    % white, 27.6% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Must not be imprisoned, on parole or probation. Can vote if pardoned.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Texas Governor Rick Perry Support CO and WA Right to Legalize Marijuana

Growing Bi-Partisan Support on Heels of  Obama Calling New Laws Legalizing Marijuana in Colorado and Washington ‘Important’

NEW YORK: Today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) expressed his support for allowing states to move forward with taxing and regulating marijuana, telling MSNBC that “having the states experiment is a good idea.”

Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Ethan Nadelmann 646-335-2240

Overdose: A National Crisis Taking Root in Texas

November 15, 2010
Drug Policy Alliance

Overdose deaths are an emerging public health  epidemic. Nationwide, they more than doubled between 2000 and 2006. More people died in the U.S. from overdose in 2006 than from HIV/AIDS or homicide. Significant federal funding is directed toward preventing HIV/AIDS and homicide, but virtually no federal dollars are designated for overdose prevention.

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