Drug Policy Alliance Blog

10/27/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act. DPA's Executive Director, Kassandra Frederique, reflects on 50 years of failure in her latest op-ed for Truthout: In 1970, the Controlled Substances… Read More
10/08/20
By Sasha Simon
The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the intricate layers between health education, public health and the resulting transmission and morbidity rates of communicable diseases – especially among BIPOC communities – that occur due to… Read More
10/06/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance mourns the passing of Henry van Ameringen, who died on September 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Henry was one of DPA’s most beloved, generous, and longstanding donors. We honor his commitment to ending… Read More
09/08/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
To our loving, complex, and unapologetic community: Today, I assume the role of Executive Director for the Drug Policy Alliance. It’s actually quite incredible to write those words. I never imagined when I started at… Read More
08/31/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
This has been a tough year on all fronts. And yet, even in the face of an ongoing overdose crisis which has worsened during the global COVID-19 pandemic, people are saving lives every day by preventing and reversing… Read More
07/22/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
In response to the mass-scale protests calling for an end to police violence, DPA's Sophie Dowdy penned a thought-provoking op-ed on DPA's Medium making the case that ending the drug war is a critical component to … Read More
06/19/20
By Drug Policy Alliance
DPA's Alexis Martin wrote a powerful op-ed in Filter discussing why Juneteenth should include the freedom to use drugs. "This year, Juneteenth is taking its rightful place as a more meaningful celebration of… Read More
04/03/20
By Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance
Dr. Kim Sue, Harm Reduction Coalition
The rapid escalation of COVID-19 across the US is exposing many of the systemic vulnerabilities within our society while also revealing the many policy and criminal justice decisions that have made us more vulnerable. There… Read More
01/08/20
By Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Dear DPAers, I am writing to let you know that I will be stepping down from the role of executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance on March 6 to take a job at my previous organization, Human Rights Watch.  The… Read More
07/31/19
By Aliza Cohen
The Office of Academic Engagement undertook a project in the last two years to develop recommendations about how to fill in gaps in the drug policy research environment and improve the evidence base that informs drug policy… Read More