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?

  • YES

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? 

  • 36,500

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 84.0% white, 12.4% black.
    Drug Arrests (2011): 69.1% white, 30.6% black.

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

  • People with felony convictions may vote upon completion of all supervised release.

Brief of Amici Curiae in support of Appellees, Barrett, IV et al.

May 17, 2012

The case Barrett v. Claycomb challenges a Missouri public college’s policy of requiring mandatory, suspicionless drug testing of all newly enrolled students (and those returning after a period of absence) as a condition of continued enrollment in the college at the student’s own expense. The college implemented such a policy despite the fact that it has had no documented drug problems over the course of its 50-year history and no reason to suspect that the students subject to testing have been engaged in the abuse of illegal drugs.

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