Drug Policy Reform

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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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Recent Work

Voices
Q&A: Lawyers on the Margins Find Creative Ways to Help Their Clients—and Each Other

Given worrying recent trends, the need for specialized legal assistance to vulnerable groups continues to grow. But this collaborative network of peers is rising to the challenge.

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As U.S. States Decriminalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug War Rages On

Decriminalization has brought an array of benefits to the United States, but not always to Mexico.

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Solutions Summit

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore will host a summit designed to create a community-driven blueprint for the new mayor and city council to address some of Baltimore’s most intractable issues.

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In the Fight against AIDS, People Who Inject Drugs Are Being Left Behind

Until we direct more resources towards harm reduction, we’ll never achieve the goal of ending AIDS.

Explainer
The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines  

How drug control laws keep millions of patients from getting the medicines they need.

Voices
How a Ritual Amazonian Brew Keeps Brazilian Traditions Alive

At a recent conference, ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink made from plants in the Amazon, was hailed as a bridge between cultures, communities, and generations.