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Recognize An Overdose

Whether or not you’re someone who uses alcohol or other drugs, undoubtedly you will be around people who do at some point. And being able to recognize when something’s gone wrong is the first step toward being able to take action – and possibly save a life. That’s why in honor of International Overdose Awareness […]

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The Drug War : Price We Pay

To date, President Barack Obama has granted 774 commutations. That is more commutations than the previous nine presidents combined and more commutations than any individual president in nearly a century. The majority of people receiving commutations were convicted of drug offenses and sentenced to egregious mandatory minimum sentences. The announcement of commutations is commonly greeted […]

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Marijuana Wins Big

This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition — no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year.  Legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year. It’s a cognitively dissonant moment for those […]

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Drug Policy Victories

Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the 2016-17 state budget, which included two DPA sponsored budget requests: $3 million for community-based naloxone distribution and $15 million to establish up to three Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion [LEAD] pilots in California. Naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose, blocks the effects of opioids, including heroin, […]

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The Drug War

Over two million Black people could not vote in last week’s election, according to a recent study by The Sentencing Project. One in 13 Black Americans of voting age is disenfranchised due to a felony conviction, a rate four times greater than that of non-Black people. As staggering as those numbers are, in four states […]

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Access To Essential Drug Medicines

Every individual has a fundamental right to health, regardless of age, race, gender, income, or nationality. This important human right is intimately connected to our understanding of a life in dignity because it is in good health that individuals can reach their full potential. One of my closest friends back home in India met with […]

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Front Lines Of The Drug War

Joyce Rivera is the founder and executive director of St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR). In 1990, she founded SACHR to provide support and resources for people who inject drugs and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the South Bronx. Today, SACHR is a multi-service agency that serves thousands of people throughout New […]

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Drug Policy Reforming

I began working, advocating and lobbying for federal-level drug policy reform in Washington, DC in the last year of Bill Clinton’s presidency. I’ve continued to do so ever since: I was a loyal soldier in the war against the War on Drugs through eight years of George W. Bush and then eight years of Barack […]

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