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

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Locking Up Our Own: James Forman Jr. in Conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad

A lunchtime conversation about James Foreman Jr.'s acclaimed new book on race and criminal justice, which traces the zero-tolerance approach to crime and drugs back to some unlikely origins.

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Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Reduce Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration

A forum of leaders in criminal justice discuss strategies to reduce both violence and mass incarceration.

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Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

Twenty years ago, doctors responded to a rise in drug overdoses by making the lifesaving medicine available over the counter. What lessons can Italy offer other nations grappling with opioid crises today?

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Busting the Drug Addiction Myth  

Dr. Carl Hart has spent his career studying the effects of drugs on the human brain. The science shows us that a fear-based approach to fighting addiction is misleading and often harmful.

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Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant  

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

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What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

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A lunchtime conversation about James Foreman Jr.'s acclaimed new book on race and criminal justice, which traces the zero-tolerance approach to crime and drugs back to some unlikely origins.