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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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Drug Crop Production, Poverty, and Development

An international panel of researchers and growers from Colombia, Morocco, Peru, and the United States discuss the role of drug crop production in poverty and development.

Report
Drug Crop Production, Poverty, and Development

The cultivation of drug crops such as opium poppy, coca, and cannabis is a vital source of economic and physical security for poor, marginalized, and vulnerable communities in the Global South.

Voices
To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

Many governments are using the wrong metrics to evaluate their approach to drugs.

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A Chance to Get Drug Policy Right  

In 1998, the world’s leaders hashed out a plan to create “a drug-free world.” In April, they’ll come together again—and search for a smarter way forward.

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The Impact of Drug Policy on the Environment  
Leading up to the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs, a panel of researchers looks at how drug control policies perversely harm the natural environment.
Report
The Impact of Drug Policy on the Environment

The report explores the environmental costs of conventional drug policies and provides recommendations for governments to recognize this problem and explore new approaches to lessen this collateral environmental damage

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York