Fact Sheets

For most of the past century the United States has adopted increasingly punitive policies toward the possession, use and distribution of drugs; and, particularly in the last 50 years, has built a massive regime to…
The state of Georgia is one of the global leaders in the incarceration of its people. The state’s incarceration rate – which includes prisons and jails as well as other systems of confinment – far exceeds both…
The current system for classifying illegal (and most legal) drugs is flawed, outdated and unscientific. Established by the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, the Schedule of Controlled Substances…
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a criminal offenses in the District of Columbia. Criminalization of sterile supplies leads to arrests, overdoses, and the spread of disease. Read these frequently asked questions to…
After Ballot Initiative 71 took effect in February of 2015, adult use, possession and sale of marijuana-related paraphernalia became legal in the District of Columbia. However, most other objects (testing kits, pipes,…
New Jersey’s marijuana laws have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Marijuana legalization in New Jersey must be fair and equitable and must address past disproportionate harms to communities of…
Cocaine is a stimulant drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, which is cultivated in the Andean region of South America. It can be consumed in powder cocaine form, which is usually snorted or…
The war on drugs and mass criminalization deeply impact the LGBTQIA+ community, especially as LGBTQIA+ individuals are more vulnerable to problematic substance use. Trauma, discrimination, stigmatization, and living at…
Drug checking kits are a low cost method to detect fentanyl and avoid overdose. Starting on June 01, 2018 drug checking kits will no longer be considered drug paraphernalia and are legal in Maryland. Legal drug checking…
Heroin is the common name for the psychoactive drug, diacetylmorphine. This fact sheet provides answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about heroin including signs and symptoms of a heroin overdose, how to…