COVID-19 and Drug Policy Discussion Series

How does COVID-19 exacerbate the pre-existing conditions of the drug war?

People who use drugs are especially impacted by policing, surveillance, and criminalization. COVID-19 both highlights and brings to the forefront the state-imposed punishment of people who use drugs.

The Drug Policy Alliance is hosting a series of seven online discussions about COVID-19 and drug policy. These discussions bring together advocates and allies in the justice reform and harm reduction movements to discuss how we can sustain progress, which obstacles still remain, and how we can use the current moment to be more aspirational with our policy agendas.

Join Us for the Next Discussion

July 9, 2-4 PM ET - Policing the World of Work: The Impact of COVID-19 on Informal Economies
Criminalization, racism, citizenship, ableism, and parenting impact a person’s ability to find work, and the informal sale of services and goods (e.g. drug selling, sex work, street vending) is a lifeline for many who are shut out of or choose not to work in the formal economy. COVID-19 has disrupted markets, further exacerbating economic instability and increasing the risk of COVID-19 and police aggression and violence. Join us as we assess how we can end the criminalization of all informal economy workers and ensure collective safety.
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Mark your calendar for more in this online discussion series.

Watch the recordings of previous discussions below.

New Frontiers: Drug Use, Harm Reduction, and Essential Services in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 environment complicates access to harm reduction services but also provides new opportunities for innovation and advocacy at a time when these services are needed more than ever. In this discussion, we… Read More

Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Access to effective substance use disorder (SUD) treatment has long been out of reach for many. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced treatment providers and clients to limit in-person interaction, reducing longstanding… Read More

Reconsidering Reentry: Exploring Decarceration in its Fullness Amid COVID-19

Federal and state policies distinctly prohibit supports for people who are struggling with addiction and/or are drug involved. In the era of COVID-19 and beyond, calls for decarceration need to be coupled with urgent… Read More

COVID-19, Drug Policy, and Decarceration: Reflections and Looking Ahead

How does decarceration support ending the drug war? How do both decarceration and the decriminalization of drugs support the health and safety of people who use drugs? COVID-19 both highlights and brings to the forefront… Read More