Drug Policy Alliance Blog

02/16/18
By Michael Collins
It is said that the President’s Budget is the clearest indication of an Administration’s policy priorities. An analysis of Trump’s proposal – released Monday – shows that a key priority of this White House is the escalation… Read More
02/15/18
By Kirsten West Savali
The U.S. injustice system is not broken. It is working exactly as it was intended to work, which is primarily in the service and protection of privileged white people who have enough money to escape the legal consequences of… Read More
02/15/18
By Tony Newman
We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills and more – people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis. Why do we all use drugs? Because drugs… Read More
02/12/18
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
Last month, six people were sentenced to death for drug trafficking by a Malaysian court. Two are Malaysian and the rest are Indian nationals – another country that maintains the death penalty for drug offenses. While… Read More
02/08/18
By Art Way
The talk concerning the first state to legalize marijuana is ongoing and seemingly endless. Colorado is poster child for supporters and detractors alike. Overall, the now five year old policy is healthy and strong and… Read More
02/07/18
By Anthony Papa
Bernard Noble, who was sentenced to 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints, was granted parole yesterday after serving more than 8 years in a Louisiana prison. His case drew national attention and outrage, at a time… Read More
02/06/18
By Jessica Gelay
It is estimated that nearly 500 New Mexicans die every year from opioid overdoses. Tens of thousands more struggle with opioid use disorders (OUD), with limited access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) like methadone or… Read More
02/05/18
By Kirsten West Savali
The so-called war on drugs was created to target black, brown, poor and working-class communities, those communities that have borne the brunt of institutionalized, systemic, white supremacist violence. John Ehrlichman,… Read More
01/25/18
By Sasha Simon
This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a week dedicated to linking teens with experts and science-based information about drugs, sponsored every year by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s a wonderful idea… Read More
01/22/18
By Hannah Hetzer
Proper implementation of Iran’s recent changes to its penal code would save the lives of 5,000 people currently facing capital punishment for drug offenses in the country. After China, Iran executes more people than any… Read More