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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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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.

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Cops and Community: Innovations Around Policing

Join community leaders, activists, police, and scholars as they share ideas for finding solutions to the violence, tension, and mistrust that exists between cops and the community.

Voices
Indonesia Executes Several for Drug Crimes in an Ominous Sign of a Trend

From firing squads in Indonesia to vigilante killings in the Philippines, state-sanctioned violence against those in the drug trade is reaching new heights.

Open Society People

Kasia Malinowska
Director, Global Drug Policy Program
Open Society Foundations–New York, Global Drug Policy Program

Upcoming Events

Dec
10

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.