Drug Policy Alliance Blog

By Tony Newman
We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills and more – people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis. Why do we all use drugs?… Read More
By Suchitra Rajagopalan
Last month, six people were sentenced to death for drug trafficking by a Malaysian court. Two are Malaysian and the rest are Indian nationals – another country that maintains the death penalty for drug offenses. While… Read More
By Art Way
The talk concerning the first state to legalize marijuana is ongoing and seemingly endless. Colorado is poster child for supporters and detractors alike. Overall, the now five year old policy is healthy and strong and… Read More
By Anthony Papa
Bernard Noble, who was sentenced to 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints, was granted parole yesterday after serving more than 8 years in a Louisiana prison. His case drew national attention and outrage, at a… Read More
By Jessica Gelay
It is estimated that nearly 500 New Mexicans die every year from opioid overdoses. Tens of thousands more struggle with opioid use disorders (OUD), with limited access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) like… Read More
By Sasha Simon
This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a week dedicated to linking teens with experts and science-based information about drugs, sponsored every year by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s a… Read More
By Hannah Hetzer
Proper implementation of Iran’s recent changes to its penal code would save the lives of 5,000 people currently facing capital punishment for drug offenses in the country. After China, Iran executes more people than any… Read More
By Michelle Wright
Last week, as Washington, D.C. handled an aggressive onslaught of weather referred to as a “bomb cyclone,” the biggest news hitting the Associated Press was the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind… Read More
By Tamar Todd
A lot needs to be done to ensure an equitable transition to marijuana legalization for the sixth largest economy in the world. The new year brings with it a new era for marijuana in California. January 1, 2018 marks… Read More
By Derek Rosenfeld
It’s the end of the year, people are getting excited about the holidays, and millions of people are making plans for partying on New Year’s Eve. And for lots of people, their version of partying includes using drugs.… Read More