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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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How the International Community Can Address the Drugs–Development Link

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

Shifting Strategies on Drug Policy: A Comparative Approach

After decades of orthodoxy and stringent enforcement of drug policies, the global counternarcotics regime is increasingly challenged.

Will the United States Lead or Follow on International Drug Reform?

A new U.S. drug czar should put his office’s weight behind international drug policy reform now. Whether he will is an open question.

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.

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.

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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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York