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Drug Policy Reform in the United States

Drug Policy Reform in the United States

The Open Society Foundations support drug policy reform efforts in the United States that address the health, safety, and social harms associated with drug use and drug markets, while reducing the high levels of incarceration, racial injustice, and violation of individual rights associated with current drug policy.

Recent Work

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How to Stop Overdose Deaths in New York

New York has announced big news in the battle against drug overdose deaths. But is it enough?

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Methamphetamine: Fact vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria  

The rise in methamphetamine use has spurred a flurry of public information campaigns and policies. But how much of what we’re told is accurate?

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and the American Overdose Epidemic

The backdrop of Hoffman’s tragic death is a growing epidemic of drug overdose in American culture. How do we reverse this trend?

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Drug Courts and Drug Treatment: Dismissing Science and Patients’ Rights

Judges in New York are ordering patients to stop physician-prescribed drug treatment as a condition of participation in drug court, according to a new study.

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Five Ways Drug Policy Reform Accelerated This Year

Here are five game-changing developments that occurred in 2013 that could mark the beginning of the end of the war on drugs.

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Drug Policy Reform: Have We Won Yet?  

Last month more than 1,000 drug policy reformers gathered in Denver, Colorado, to count their victories.