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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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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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The Impact of Drug Policy on Women

This paper offers an overview of the gender dimension of the war on drugs and the burdens that ill-conceived policies and inadequate programs place on women and girls.

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Innovation Born of Necessity: Pioneering Drug Policy in Catalonia

This report follows the evolution of two of the region’s drug policy solutions: its health- and rights-based approach to drug treatment and harm reduction, and its model for safely legalizing the market for cannabis.

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An Innovative Drug Policy That Works

A program that sends people convicted of low-level drug and sex work crimes to community-based services instead of jail is off to a good start in Seattle.

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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

A new campaign argues that countless lives could be saved by redirecting just a sliver of funding from drug enforcement toward harm reduction.