DPA Publication

A Four-Pillars Approach to Methamphetamine

March 1, 2008
Piper, Bill
Drug Policy Alliance

This report lays out the fundamentals of an effective national strategy for reducing the problems associated with both methamphetamine misuse and misguided U.S. methamphetamine policies. It presents policymakers with a diverse range of evidence-based policy proposals that seek to save lives, reduce wasteful government spending, and empower communities. The “four pillars” of an effective national methamphetamine strategy are prevention, treatment, policing and harm reduction.

Diversion Works

April 17, 2008
Immarigeon, Russ and Greene, Judith. A Better Way Foundation
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Targeting Blacks for Marijuana: Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08

June 29, 2010
Levine, Harry G., et al.

The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization advocating alternatives to the war on drugs, has released a report that documents widespread race-based disparities in the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession laws in California. Focused on the 25 largest counties in the state, the report finds that African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession at substantially higher rates than whites, typically at double, triple or even quadruple the rate of whites.

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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