The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our work covers a wide range of critical issues.
Decriminalize Drugs. Invest in Health Services
Like alcohol Prohibition in the early 1900s, drug prohibition and criminalization of drugs has not only failed its mission but has made its mission impossible. The failures of prohibition are painfully obvious: wasted money, wasted lives and wasted opportunities. It's time for a new approach.
Overdose Prevention Centers
Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) are vital in the fight against overdose deaths and are proven to stop a fatal overdose, yet they largely remain illegal in the U.S.
Uprooting the Drug War
Uprooting the Drug War is a call to action for all of us to work together—across movements and with legislators—to provide reform recommendations and create policy proposals to fully extract the drug war and its culture of criminalization from our lives.
End Policing Caused by the Drug War
In the pursuit of drugs, police have been given unchecked power to use aggressive tactics, which in too many instances has led to killings, particularly of Black and Latinx people.
Marijuana prohibition is an utter failure. Public opinion has shifted in favor of reforming federal and state marijuana laws. Legalizing marijuana federally must happen now.
Rethinking the "Drug Dealer"
Research and history have shown that the vilification and criminalization of people who sell drugs does not reduce problematic drug use, reduce the availability of drugs, or keep people who use drugs safer.