Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Jag Davies
You may have heard that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are “re-starting” the drug war.  Well, it never actually ended. According to the FBI’s new Uniform Crime Report, law enforcement agencies in the U.S… Read More
By Sheila Vakharia
More Americans have addictions to methamphetamine or cocaine than to heroin, yet where are the news stories about the stimulant crisis? A free conference next week explores this and other questions Over 100 researchers,… Read More
By Alexandra Olsen
Every day there is a new headline highlighting the devastating effects of the current opioid crisis on individuals and their communities – from record overdoses to widespread transmission of hepatitis C. This has started a… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
More than 1,500 people will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 11 – 14 for DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference (#Reform17) at the Omni Atlanta Hotel @ CNN Center. It’s the largest gathering of… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
When a sitting president likens himself to Hitler, it should get your attention. Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, has proudly said he’d “be happy” to exterminate 3 million people who use or sell drugs in his… Read More
By Melissa Franqui and Eunisses Hernandez
Since the election, time and time again, Trump and members of his administration have touted “law and order” rhetoric, to advance an agenda that aims to expand criminalization, deportations and promote white supremacy.… Read More
By Morgan Humphrey
*Editor's note: In this monthly blog series, the Drug Policy Alliance will examine the nexus between the war on drugs and law enforcement practices that result in the mass criminalization, incarceration and dehumanization of… Read More
By Dionna King
It is common knowledge that America has the highest incarcerated population in the world, with 2.2 million adults incarcerated in local, state, and federal jails and prisons. Of the 2.2 million incarcerated, about 300,000… Read More
By Melissa Franqui
With the unprecedented pardoning of America’s most reprehensible Sheriff, Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, the Trump administration doubles down on its blatant disregard for human and civil rights and bull horns its support of racists… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day, and there is a huge disconnect happening right now. Without doing any real analysis of the problem, some lawmakers are rushing to pass new harsh penalties against people who provided… Read More