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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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Habeas Coca: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

This report explains how Bolivia's community coca control system works and shows its effectiveness in decreasing violence, increasing citizen engagement, limiting corruption, and reducing coca cultivation.

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.

Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls

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

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.

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.

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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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York