Drug Policy Reform

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Drug Policy Reform

Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding, and an increase in HIV epidemics. The Open Society Foundations support organizations that put forward alternatives.

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Recent Work

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Mass Executions of Drug Offenders Won’t Help Indonesia

On January 18, six people convicted of drug crimes were put to death in Indonesia, perhaps signaling a brutal escalation of the country’s war against drugs.

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Know the Warning Signs: The Dangers of Drug Policy Abuse  

A series of “PSAs” encourages voters to reach out to lawmakers whose support for criminalization policies is harming public health.

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Disappearances in Mexico: A Report From the Legal Team for the 43 Students Abducted in Iguala  

Human Rights Center of the Mountain Tlachinollan provides updates concerning the case of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa who were kidnapped and are presumed to have been murdered in Iguala.

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Moving the Needle on Drug Policy in Asia

Asia boasts some of the harshest laws in the world; however, there are regional pioneers that are charting new courses on drug policy.

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Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

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How the International Community Can Address the Drugs–Development Link

Experienced practitioners discuss how smart policies can address the link between drugs and development.

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York