How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?
Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?
Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?
Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?
Does the state have legal methadone access?
Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?
Is there a government-regulated distribution system for medical marijuana?
More information on medical marijuana:
What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?
How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year?
What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?
Total population (2011): white: 86.1%, black: 8.5%, other: 5.5%.
Drug arrests (2011): 79.3% white, 19.7% black.
What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?
Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison.
Message from Rhode Island Dept. of Health to doctors encouraging naloxone prescription.
This is the text of Rhode Island's Good Samaritan law.
This in an online interactive resource for visualizing the states with Good Samaritan laws.
Conference Will Kick Off Debate About RI Rep. Ajello’s Marijuana Regulation Bill
Stakeholders to Focus on Drug War’s Effect on Young People, Families, and Communities
Providence, RI – Co mmunity leaders will join state legislators and drug policy experts to deliberate the direction of Rhode Island’s marijuana policy at “New Directions Rhode Island: A Public Safety and Health Approach to Drug Policy,” a statewide conference to be held December 8th at Brown University. The public symposium will convene state leaders alongside policy experts to examine the impact of and alternatives to current drug policies – and call upon Governor Chafee to embrace the growing nationwide momentum behind reform.
One of the most egregious outcomes of marijuana prohibition is that many seriously ill people cannot legally access the medicine that works best for them. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. While state medical marijuana programs differ from one another in significant ways, most are tightly controlled programs regulated by the state departments of public health.
DPA's Ethan Nadelmann Lauds this Development but Notes that Nothing Prevents those States from Implementing their own
Governors Christine Gregoire of Washington and Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island petitioned the federal government today to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses.