DPA is committed to ending the drug war’s assault on families. Families throughout the United States have experienced the devastating consequences of failed drug war policies.
One in 28 children in this country have a parent in prison, in large part due to the mass incarceration of people convicted of drug law violations. Even parents who avoid criminal punishment risk losing custody of their children, regardless of whether their drug use is problematic or not.
Ineffective drug education and student drug testing have chipped away at the bonds of trust between parents and children. We support policies that treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue, and we believe that families should have privacy and autonomy when dealing with drugs and addiction.

Grieving Parents and Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Addiction and Overdose Come Together to Find Healing and Support

Thursday to Saturday: 3rd Biannual GRASP Retreat and Conference in Atlanta to Provide Support and Advocacy Training for Those Working to Reduce Overdose and Reform Drug Laws

47,000 Americans Died from an Overdose in 2014 More than from Either Car Crashes or Guns

There has been an explosion of overdose deaths throughout the country, with 47,000 Americans dying from an overdose in 2014 more than from either car crashes or guns. One hundred people who have felt the pain of losing a loved one to overdose and addiction will gather in Atlanta this week to heal, support and become stronger harm reduction advocates.


Denise Cullen 714-865-7879, denisecullen@broken-no-more.org

Marijuana Legalization: How Parents Can Keep Teens Safe in New Drug Landscape

New Bilingual Editions of Seminal Safety First Publication Offer Pragmatic Drug Education Strategies, with New Sections on Adolescent Brain Development and Marijuana Legalization

Teleconference Thursday (1pm EST/10am PST) with Safety First Author Marsha Rosenbaum

Marijuana legalization is raising fresh questions – and many age-old ones – for parents and others who play important roles in the lives of teenagers.

Contact: Tony Newman (646-335-5384)

Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work

September 8, 2014
Global Commission on Drug Policy

This report reflects a new evolution in the thinking of the Global Commission, which includes Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, and the former presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland. They not only reiterate their demands for decriminalization, alternatives to incarceration, and greater emphasis on public health approaches – but now also call for responsible legal regulation of currently-illegal drugs.

Protect the Kids: End the Drug War

80 Organizations Come Together To Highlight Plight of The Drug War’s Youngest Victims At Home and Abroad

Broad Coalition Comprised of Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Racial Justice, Human Rights Organizations

A diverse coalition of more than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. The supporters of the letter – which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C.

Contact: Hannah Hetzer (917) 701-7060 or Jeronimo Saldana (562) 644-8413

80 Organizations Call for an End to the Drug War in Order to Protect Children

July 31, 2014

This letter, signed by civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations, calls for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and the United States.

Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice

The Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice advocates for needed reforms to the criminal justice system.

Riverside County School Districts Letter

March 17, 2014

To highlight the atrocities that have gone on in Riverside County high schools and hopefully prevent future ones, the Drug Policy Alliance sent this letter to 20 school district superintendents in Riverside County urging them not to allow undercover law enforcement operations on their campuses.  Such operations are ineffective at combating drug availability on campus and worse, they inflict irreparable harm on young people struggling with the challenges of adolescence or special needs.  The letter also informed schools about the potential legal liability for allowing such operatio

Stigma and People Who Use Drugs

March 3, 2014

There is an extensive body of literature documenting the stigma associated with alcohol and other drug problems. No physical or psychiatric condition is more associated with social disapproval and discrimination than substance dependence. For people who use drugs, or are recovering from problematic drug use, stigma can be a barrier to a wide range of opportunities and rights.

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