Families

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.
 

Tips for Talking to Congress

Legislators appreciate hearing from their constituents, and they are elected to represent our views. Always give your legislator your name, address, and telephone number so that they know you are one of their constituents. Be sure to include this information whether you visit in person, call, or write.

When you contact your legislators, a short sentence or two about why you personally support or oppose a certain proposal is fine. 

Most importantly, always be courteous and clear when communicating with your legislators. Remember, legislators are people, too!

Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents: Addendum—Testing in Schools and at Home

March 1, 2007
American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP explains its opposition to involuntary drug testing of adolescents at school or at home, and encourages parents who are concerned that their child may be using drugs or alcohol to consult their child’s pediatrician rather than rely on school or home-based drug testing.

Policy Statement: Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents

September 1, 2006
American Academy of Pediatrics

This policy statement outlines the American Academy of Pediatrics’ opposition to random student drug testing and its position that the appropriate response to the suspicion of drug abuse by a young person is the referral to a qualified health care professional for a comprehensive evaluation.

Every Life Matters

A young woman struggles to cope with the death of her father, who was infected with AIDS as a result of injection drug use.

Read Michele's story.

YouthRise

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.

A Victim Becomes an Activist

The life of a nurse and devoted mother of three was changed forever when Alabama state police raided her home for drugs.

Read Dorothy Gaines’ story.

Making Sense of Student Drug Testing

January 6, 2006
Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU Drug Law Reform Project

The experts agree, and the evidence is clear! Random drug testing does not reduce drug use among young people. Spending extra millions on testing students' urine will only destroy relationships between youth and adults. This booklet demonstrates the key flaws in random student drug testing and outlines promising alternatives to the invasive and expensive practice.

Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs

January 1, 2012

Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, Czech and Greek, Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs provides parents with the tools needed to evaluate and discuss strategies for protecting their teenagers from drug abuse. Since the original publication of the booklet, more than 300,000 copies have been distributed worldwide.

Order Safety First booklets.

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