Report

Access to Sterile Syringes and Public Health Costs in New Jersey: Suggestions for Public Policy

November 1, 2003
Donald M. Scarry, J.D., Ph.D.
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

This report highlights the connections between New Jersey's restrictive distribution scheme for sterile syringes and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among injection drug users. The recommendation we offer in this report is simple and straightforward: Any steps New Jersey can take to increase access to sterile syringes should be immediately incorporated into a strong, aggressive public health strategy to combat injection drug use.

Are Zero Tolerance Policies Effective in the Schools?

December 1, 2008
American Psychological Association Zero Tolerance Task Force

A review by the American Psychological Association of school discipline research shows that zero tolerance policies developed in the 1980s to stop drug use and curtail unruly and violent behavior in schools are not as successful as previously thought in creating safer environments in which to learn.

After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry

June 30, 2004
Legal Action Center

People with criminal records seeking reentry face a daunting array of counterproductive, debilitating and unreasonable roadblocks in almost every important aspect of life. In 2004, the Legal Action Center (LAC) completed and published After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry, a comprehensive analysis and grade report of state laws and policies that serve as legal barriers to reentry in the areas of employment, public housing, public benefits, voting, access to criminal records, adoptive and foster parenting, and drivers' licenses.

Costs and Benefits? The Impact of Drug Incarceration in New Jersey

October 1, 2003
Schiraldi, Vincent and Ziedenberg, Jason
A Justice Policy Institute Report Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Sinning & Sinned Against: The Stigmatisation Of Problem Drug Users

August 1, 2010
Charlie Lloyd
The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC)

This report aims to summarise what the research evidence has to tell us about the stigmatisation of problem drug users; to explore the nature of this stigmatisation, its impacts and why it happens. These considerations raise some fundamental issues about the nature of addiction and the extent to which it is seen as a moral, medical or social issue. They also raise important questions about autonomy and the blame attached to addiction.

Harm Reduction: Evidence, Impacts and Challenges

April 20, 2010
EMCDDA

This volume includes a variety of perspectives on harm reduction approaches, together with an analysis of the concept's role within drug policies, both in Europe and beyond. Readers may not necessarily agree with all of the arguments made or the conclusiondrawn, but we hope it is perceived as a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on how to respond to contemporary drug problems in Europe.

CDC Report on the Overdose Crisis

March 12, 2008
Leonard J. Paulozzi, M.D., M.P.H.

Statement by
Leonard J. Paulozzi, M.D., M.P.H.,
Medical Epidemiologist
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

on
Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths

before
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs

Preventing Overdose, Saving Lives

March 1, 2009
Drug Policy Alliance

This report examines the nationwide opioid overdose epidemic and calls for immediate action to address this public health crisis. Evidence-based strategies already exist that can reduce overdose risk, protect Good Samaritans and medical professionals, streamline government response systems, and save lives. A national overdose prevention effort is urgently needed, and this report provides a clear way forward for policymakers seeking a public health approach to the overdose emergency.

Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California: Possession Arrests, 2006-08

October 2, 2010
Levine, Harry G., et al.

The Drug Policy Alliance and the California State Conference of the NAACP have released a report that documents widespread race-based disparities in the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession laws in California. In the last 20 years, California made 850,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana, and half a million arrests in the last 10 years. The people arrested were disproportionately African Americans and Latinos, overwhelmingly young people, especially young men. Yet, U.S.

Arresting Latinos for Marijuana in California: Possession Arrests in 33 Cities, 2006-08

October 2, 2010
Levine, Harry G., et al.
Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance and the William C. Velasquez Institute have released a report that documents widespread race-based disparities in the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession laws in California. In the last 20 years, California made 850,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana, and half a million arrests in the last 10 years. The people arrested were disproportionately African Americans and Latinos, overwhelmingly young people, especially young men. Yet, U.S.

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