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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… Read More
Harm reduction is a public health philosophy and intervention that seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.
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,… Read More
This booklet from the ACLU addresses what constitutional rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Farsi,… Read More
DPA Podcast Episode 02: Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) Is Against The Drug War For All The Right Reasons
DPA's Tommy McDonald sits down with Ro Khanna, the U.S. representative from California's 17th congressional district, to talk about the drug war, the opioid overdose crisis and Overdose Awareness Day. Follow us on… Read More
The harms caused by past marijuana policies under prohibition require that new marijuana policies and legal regulations include opportunities to address and repair past harms and inequities. As California’s new… Read More
This issue brief explains New York's new 911 Good Samaritan Law that went into effect on September 18, 2011. Enclosed is background information about overdose deaths in New York, details about the new law which seeks to… Read More
Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program has helped these people improve their quality of life and become active members of their family and society again. View their stories to learn about the struggles they endured… Read More
It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession DPA Report July 2017 Download the full report (PDF) Executive Summary What is Decriminalization? Why is Criminalization a Problem? Why is… Read More