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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.

Recent Work

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How Drug Trafficking Undermines West Africa  

The rise of drug trafficking is undermining institutions, health, and development efforts in West Africa. It's time for political leaders to change the ineffective policies that exacerbate the problem.

Voices
We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of the Drug Problem  

Sending people to prison for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses doesn’t work. That’s why the Seattle Police Department launched an innovative program that offers treatment instead of jail time.

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Film Screening: The Case for Prescribing Heroin

A film about a heroin-assisted treatment program in Denmark addresses the evidence behind prescribing heroin to people with long-term opioid dependency.

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How the War on Drugs Impedes Economic Development

Experts from Africa and Latin America discuss the negative effects of repressive drug policies on their regions.

Voices
Support, Don’t Punish: How You Can Help End the War on Drugs  

People in more than 50 cities around the world will take to the streets on June 26 to demand an end to the drug war.

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Inside Guatemala’s Drug Rehab Centers

Take an unprecedented look inside these institutions through a powerful photo series that explores the intersection of drug use, Christianity, and rehabilitation.

Open Society People

Director
Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York