Fact Sheets

As more states pass laws legalizing the medical and/or adult use of marijuana, many members of the public, including media, parents, community members, and policy makers may have questions about how these policies…
June 17th, 2021 marks 50 years since President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” stating that drug abuse was “public enemy number one.” In the half century since Nixon’s deceptive declaration and the enactment…
Since the launch of the modern drug war fifty years ago by President Nixon, states throughout the United States have not only replicated the harsh federal system of criminalizing drug use and  possession, they…
Contingency management (CM) is a highly effective model of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment that involves providing incentives for behavioral outcomes aligned with treatment goals. Hundreds of peer-reviewed…
For the past 35 years, drug testing has been an essential, yet largely under-examined, pillar of the war on drugs. Millions have been drug tested in the places where we spend most of our waking hours - schools, jobs,…
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal meth, crystal, tina, or crank, is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, producing feelings of euphoria and increased energy. In this fact sheet, learn about…
Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) is the safest and most effective method for treating opioid use disorders. OAT uses medications to activate the opioid receptors, preventing withdrawal and reduce cravings for opioids…
California has one of the largest Latino populations in the U.S., and they comprise 39% of the state’s population. The Drug Policy Alliance collaborated with independent researchers to examine the impact of…
The war on drugs has been a primary driver of the police militarization that has contributed to the police killings of Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and so many others. The history of police militarization is…
Few policies specifically address stimulant-related harms, even though stimulants are among the most widely consumed psychoactive drugs in the United States and are playing a growing role in the overdose crisis. …