Issue Brief

LA County Officials Put on "Probation" for Mismanagement

October 3, 2013

This short video produced by the Beyond Bars campaign demonstrates how LA County officials have mismanaged over $500 million in Realignment dollars and fallen short on supporting formerly incarcerated people who need drug treatment, mental health, and other reentry services.

Rhode Island Dept. of Health: "Time to Add Naloxone to the Toolkit"

February 1, 2013

Message from Rhode Island Dept. of Health to doctors encouraging naloxone prescription.

Uruguayan Marijuana Legalization Bill

August 8, 2012

English translation of the Uruguayan marijuana legalization bill, provided by Transnational Institute.

Letter to Senate Appropriators Opposing Spending for New Prison Construction, Urges More Funding for Drug Treatment

September 10, 2012

Our diverse organizations are concerned that Congress may soon consider a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government into Fiscal Year 2013 at a level that increases funding for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP currently operates at a staggering 140% capacity, but new money to add federal prison beds is a misguided solution. The undersigned groups strongly oppose the appropriation of any new funds for the expansion of federal prison capacity or contracting new private prison beds.

English Translation of Colombia Law No. 1566

July 31, 2012

English Translation

LAW No. 1566

"BY WHICH STANDARDS TO GUARANTEE COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR PERSONS WHO CONSUME PYSCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES ARE ESTABLISHED AND THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL PRIZE “ENTITY COMMITTED TO THE PREVENTION OF CONSUMPTION, ABUSE, AND ADDICTION TO PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES."

The Congress of Colombia

DECREES:

911 Good Samaritan: Explaining New York's Fatal Overdose Prevention Law

This issue brief explains New York's new 911 Good Samaritan Law that went into effect on September 18, 2011. Enclosed is background information about overdose deaths in New York, details about the new law which seeks to prevent accidental overdose fatalities, and recommendations for ensuring effective implementation of the new law.

TANF Policy Brief

CLASP

Random drug testing of TANF recipients is costly, ineffective and hurts families.

Letter of Opposition to AB 730

A letter of opposition to AB 730 from the Drug Policy Alliance, which would require recipients of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program to undergo periodic drug testing as a condition of continued eligibility.

Opioid Overdose Prevention

The Official Website of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), Massachusetts

Over the past ten years opioid overdoses have increased significantly in Massachusetts. Opioids include heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone (oxycontin), fentanyl, hydrocodone, codeine, and methadone. In response to this growing problem, the Department of Public Health has implemented a number of projects to reduce the number of overdoses.

Stop, Question and Frisk: What the Law Says About Your Rights

May 1, 2011
Ira Glasser
Drug Policy Alliance

In New York City, there is increased media attention and public debate about both marijuana possession arrests and the New York City Police Department practice of "stop-and-frisk." As the number of stops and frisks have increased dramatically, so too have arrests for marijuana possession. Despite the fact that marijuana possession was decriminalized in New York in 1977, marijuana possession is now the number one arrest in New York City. More than 50,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in 2010 alone, comprising one out of every seven arrests (15 percent).

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