DPA Publication

Safer Partying: Promoting Public Health and Reducing Harm Around Drug Use

December 20, 2016

DPA advocates for sharing reliable, accurate information about commonly used drugs so we can promote public health and reduce the harms around drug use. This booklet, produced by our New Mexico office, is designed to encourage safer partying at music festivals and concerts. It contains information about drugs like MDMA and LSD, drug checking resources, and tips for people stopped by police officers at a music event.

A Public Health and Safety Approach to Problematic Opioid Use and Overdose

December 7, 2016

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, and reducing the role of criminalization to optimally address increasing rates of opioid dependence, overdose, and other negative consequences stemming from opioid use.

The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know (English/Spanish)

April 21, 2015

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has existed for more than 40 years, but little attention has been given to the role the agency has played in fueling mass incarceration, racial disparities and other drug war problems.

Managing Drug Use at Your Event

December 23, 2014

In response to an increasing number of deaths at music festivals and other events in the U.S. and a rising emphasis on use of police and enforcement tactics, this guide aims to give event producers an alternate approach that places health first when it comes to drug use.  The recommendations in the guide include onsite drug education, mental health services and drug checking.

Expanding Access to Naloxone: Reducing Fatal Overdose, Saving Lives

April 11, 2012
Drug Policy Alliance

A serious but largely overlooked crisis has taken root in the United States. More than 100 people die every day in the United States from a drug overdose. Overdose rates have tripled since 1990 and increased more than 140 percent between 2000 and 2008. This overdose epidemic continues virtually unchecked despite the existence of practical, low-cost interventions.

Crime and Punishment in New Jersey: The Criminal Code and Public Opinion on Sentencing

April 25, 2011
Paul H. Robinson and the University of Pennsylvania Criminal Law Research Group
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

This groundbreaking report contains two major findings:

$75 Million a Year: The Cost of New York City's Marijuana Possession Arrests

March 15, 2011
Levine, Harry G. and Loren Siegel - Marijuana Arrest Research Project
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Marijuana possession was decriminalized in New York in 1977. Yet since the 1990s, the New York Police Department's "marijuana arrest crusade" has led to the arrest of nearly 550,000 people for small amounts of marijuana.

The Ally

December 29, 2016
Drug Policy Alliance

The Ally is the Drug Policy Alliance's member newsletter. We love to hear from our members – if you have questions or feedback, contact The Ally at newsletter [at] drugpolicy [dot] org.

About Methadone and Buprenorphine

July 1, 2006
Holly Catania, JD

The ideal resource for anyone interested in learning about methadone maintenance therapy and buprenorphine therapy, this booklet was designed for treatment providers, people in recovery, and their families.

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