Director, Public Health Law and Policy
Lindsay LaSalle is Director of Public Health Law and Policy with the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Legal Affairs and an expert and strategist in the areas of harm reduction and treatment as it relates to drug policy. LaSalle has advocated for a public health approach to problematic drug use that is grounded in science and compassion and for alternative solutions to supply-side tactics, criminalization, and incarceration.
She drafts harm reduction, treatment, criminal justice, and health-related legislation across the country, including bills that provide legal protections for people who seek medical assistance in the event of an overdose, improve access to the overdose antidote naloxone, permit syringe exchange programs, remove barriers to treatment medications such as methadone and buprenorphine, authorize new interventions such as supervised consumption sites and drug checking services, and advance novel drug research. LaSalle pushes back on attempts to criminalize overdose through, for instance, drug-induced homicide, involuntary commitment, or fentanyl mandatory minimum laws. She also works to repair the harms of racialized drug policies that have devasted communities of color and exacerbated health and other disparities.
LaSalle has been published in peer-reviewed journals and also regularly drafts reports for the Drug Policy Alliance. She has testified before numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States, including the United States Sentencing Commission, and is regularly invited as an expert to present at conferences and universities.
LaSalle, or her work, has been cited in The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronical, Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Rolling Stone, and many other media outlets. Lindsay has also been featured on NPR’s national “Morning Edition” program as well as a variety of podcasts and local radio programs.She received both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as development editor of the California Law Review. Prior to joining DPA, LaSalle worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP for three years on commercial litigation matters, while maintaining an active pro bono practice.