Newsletter Signup

Sign up to receive updates from the Open Society Foundations.

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.

Learn More

Contact Us

Questions about our work on this topic? Please use this contact box.

Programs

The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

More on the ideas and programs behind our work: Drug Policy Reform. Hide info

Recent Work

Event
Women in Prison: The Devastating Impact of Rising Incarceration in the Americas  

A panel of experts will explore innovative strategies being launched to counter rising incarceration rates among women in the Americas.

Voices
The Overwhelming Evidence in Favor of Harm Reduction

Harm reduction services are cost-effective, supportive of healthier communities, and safer. It's time for governments worldwide to follow the facts, not antidrug prejudice.

Voices
A Pivotal Decade for the Movement to End the “War on Drugs”

Over the past decade, Open Society’s Global Drug Policy Program has supported reformers all over the world as they organize against the worst effects of the failed “war on drugs.” The future is bright, but challenges remain.

Voices
Drug Law Reform Comes to Mexico

Thanks to some crucial recent rulings from the Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the hard work of reformers and civil society groups throughout the country, Mexico is finally rethinking how it regulates cannabis.

Publication
Expecting Better: Improving Health and Rights for Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs

This publication serves as a guide for those wishing to implement gender-responsive approaches and policies tailored for pregnant women who use drugs.

Voices
Sri Lanka Should Think Twice Before Copying Duterte’s Vicious Drug War

While the world moves on, Sri Lanka continues to drift toward the brutal and criminal “war on drugs” policies championed by the Philippines’ strongman. These heinous policies must be abandoned—before it’s too late.