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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Addiction Now: Safe Injection Facilities as a Public Health Strategy

Join Open Society Institute–Baltimore and the New Day Campaign to discuss how safe injection facilities reduce overdoses and increase access to treatment.

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In Remembrance of Wiktor Osiatyński

Wiktor Osiatyński, a cherished member of the Open Society family, recently passed away. These are the remarks Osiatyński's longtime friend and Open Society Foundations founder George Soros delivered at his funeral.

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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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A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

A ruling in Catalonia opens the door to legitimizing ancestral use of the coca leaf.

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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?