Transforming the direction of drug policy across the U.S. and world.

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Building Alternatives to Criminalization

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has been replacing punishment for drugs with support for over two decades. As a result of our work, people are increasingly spared from, or spent less time in jail or prison. Additionally, they have more access to addiction services and social supports. This includes voluntary treatment, housing, employment, harm reduction, recovery services, and peer support.

A man assembles harm reduction kits. A banner on the wall reads "decriminalize already". A man assembles harm reduction kits. A banner on the wall reads "decriminalize already".

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Saving Lives with Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention

The Drug Policy Alliance works to reduce harms associated with both drug prohibition and drug use. We have long advocated for solutions to the overdose crisis. Our work has widely expanded harm reduction services at local, state, and federal levels. Now our focus is federal reform and overdose prevention centers.

People assembling packets of supplies for safer drug use. People assembling packets of supplies for safer drug use.

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Legalizing Marijuana The Right Way

The Drug Policy Alliance spearheaded the successful movement to legalize marijuana. As of March 2023, almost half of Americans live in states where marijuana prohibition is no more. As marijuana legalization grows, we will ensure it’s done with equity as a core principle.

Activists protest for NY marijuana legalization with DPA's marijuana-justice focused campaign. Activists protest for NY marijuana legalization with DPA's marijuana-justice focused campaign.

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Ending Drug War Civil Punishment

The Drug Policy Alliance is working to end civil punishment and surveillance of people who use drugs. The drug war goes beyond drug arrests and imprisonment. It has spread into daily life, impacting education, employment, housing, and more. We’ve advanced vital reforms to ensure no more lives are torn apart.

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Building Bridges Across Movements

The Drug Policy Alliance unites movements because drug policy intersects with all parts of our lives. Our conference has gathered thousands together over the last twenty years. We’ve supported 190 unique organizations with over $15 million in grants. And we connect people across causes in our shared fight.

Photo of someone speaking at DPA's biannual International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Photo of someone speaking at DPA's biannual International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

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Changing Hearts & Minds with Public Education

The Drug Policy Alliance fights for evidence-based drug education. Information about drugs and drug policy is often based in fear, instead of fact, and perpetuates stigma. Many of the reforms we’ve fought for used to seem impossible. But through persistent public education, we’ve built incredible support for better drug policies.

DPA staff member speaks at a summit about novel psychoactive substances. DPA staff member speaks at a summit about novel psychoactive substances.
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