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Drug Policy Reform

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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Academics Come Out in Force Against Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown

With raids, forced treatment, executions, and a declared state of emergency, Indonesia’s drug war is out of control. Now a group of academics is rallying against it.

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Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls

A new report details gender disparities in the impacts of drugs and drug-related crime.

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An Anti–Drug War Ad Campaign Vanishes in Brazil

Two days after the launch of an ad campaign questioning the war on drugs, the ads disappeared from Sao Paulo’s city buses.

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A Well-Intentioned, Deeply Flawed Approach to Drug Treatment

On paper, drug courts seem like a smart, progressive way to help people kick their dependence. But a recent report suggests they may do more harm than good.

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Drug Courts: Equivocal Evidence on a Popular Intervention

This paper offers an overview of drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration.

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How Catalonia Became Spain’s Laboratory for Smarter Drug Policies

A new report examines how the autonomous region implemented a community-driven, public health approach to its heroin epidemic and created a new model for legal cannabis consumption.

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York