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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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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.

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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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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.