Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Jake Samieske
Pop culture has the power to shape our beliefs, for better or worse. Now, as the United States grapples with an overdose crisis – one that has culminated in a record number of overdose deaths in 2020 (a nearly 30% increase… Read More
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller. It is currently legal to treat patients with severe pain, often after surgery, and is commonly used for pain management under the supervision of a doctor.  However, when… Read More
By Maritza Perez, Cyrus O’Brien and Charlotte Lawrence
You’ve probably seen it by now, on B-roll if not in real life: Police and sheriff’s deputies spraying protesters with a water cannon mounted on a mine resistant vehicle. Combat vehicles rolling down American streets. Police… Read More
By Drug Policy Alliance
On March 13th, 2020, Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by police officers during a no-knock raid. Her death prompted national attention and outrage as yet another illustrative case of racist and violent police tactics… Read More
By Dilara Balkan
In 2021, advocates in New York and New Mexico—two states where DPA has a long history of fighting to reform drug policy—are campaigning to legalize marijuana. These legalization efforts are different than efforts in most… Read More
By Kassandra Frederique
It has been quite the year. 2020 was defined by its novel challenges and escalating uncertainty, but our movement stayed the course, exceeded our own expectations, and broke new ground. I cannot help but look back on DPA’s… Read More
By Kassandra Frederique
Post updated November 6, 2020. I hope you’ll take a few moments to celebrate the silver lining: last night was a landslide victory for drug policy reform. In a historic, paradigm-shifting win and arguably the biggest blow… Read More
By Kassandra Frederique
It’s been a monumental night for drug policy reform. In arguably the biggest blow to the drug war to date, Oregon has become the first state in the nation to decriminalize all drugs. And it was a historic night for marijuana… Read More
By Sasha Simon
Decades of youth abstinence pledges have stifled generations of Americans’ ability to think critically about their own health. Red Ribbon Week, the largest drug-use prevention campaign in the United States, finds itself… Read More
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