Perspectives on the Drug Policy Research Landscape

Policy debates are increasingly debates over research and science. Players on all sides are wielding scholarship with growing sophistication and staking claim to “evidence-based” policies. Yet research on drugs and drug policy is deeply politicized, and most policies that are in place today are either not “evidence-based” at all or based on weak or flawed research. 

Problems With Existing Research

  • Inherent biases due, in part, to the current funding landscape
  • Systemic methodological weaknesses
  • An over-emphasis on outcomes that never escape an abstinence-only or prohibitionist framework
  • A lack of organizations or individuals “connecting the dots” between the disparate disciplines involved in drug policy
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