Drug law enforcement efforts receive ample funding each year while drug treatment options remain shamefully underfunded. Many people who seek help for their problematic drug use are unable to access treatment, encountering insurance barriers, months-long wait lists, or programs that don't meet their needs. Far too many people are only able to access drug treatment as a result of an arrest or criminal conviction. DPA advocates expanding drug treatment access to meet need, as well as broadening the definition of drug treatment to include models of care that incorporate harm reduction principles and prioritize health, safety, and improving quality of life over strict abstinence. We are changing the national dialogue around treatment by raising awareness about proven drug treatment models, like heroin assisted treatment, that have been researched and employed successfully abroad but are still not available in the United States. Through these efforts, we are laying the foundation for more diverse and effective drug treatment options.
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.
The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) is an international network of scientists, academics, and health practitioners committed to improving the health and safety of communities and individuals affected by illicit drugs.
Youth R.I.S.E. (Resource. Information. Support. Education) is an international, youth-led network of young people committed to confronting the reality that young people today live in a world where drugs are more accessible on the street than the education and resources needed to reduce their harm.
The Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA) is an ethnically diverse group composed of people living with HIV and drug use, working in addiction treatment, health care, education, law and assorted other areas. CRA is unique as an organization in that the community of individuals affected by HIV and drug use is primarily involved in consuming drugs and support around living with HIV. CRA is an action organization for those interested in directly serving, supporting, educating and advocating with others for reducing drug-related harms.
Vancouver's Four Pillars Drug Strategy is a coordinated, comprehensive approach to drug addiction that balances public order and public health in order to create a safer, healthier community.
Innerchange Foundation researches effective, integrated 'exit strategies' for chronically addicted individuals to end drug dependency, suited to their needs.
The Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use.
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.
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance
Subtitled "A Roadmap for Sentencing and Correctional Policy Reform in Wisconsin" and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, this report finds that Wisconsin policymakers could generate savings of four dollars for each dollar invested while achieving significant reductions in recidivism and substance abuse.