Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Sheila P. Vakharia
According to the latest estimates, over 33,000 Americans died of an opioid-related overdose last year. We know that overdose risk is highest when people use adulterated street opioids, when they mix opioids with sedatives,… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
The Drug Policy Alliance's podcast Drugs & Stuff has a new episode! We sat down with DPA’s new executive director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, to find out more about her history and look ahead to next week’s… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
DPA’s podcast Drugs & Stuff is back with a timely new episode. This week we sat down with Marvin Washington, former NFL player and Super Bowl champion, to talk about the war on drugs, marijuana policies in sports,… Read More
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