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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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Talking About Addiction Series: Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice

Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.

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Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

By recognizing why people with addictions make the choices they do, policy makers can see the futility of punitive drug policies.

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Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

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Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

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In Kenya, Overcoming Drug Fears to Expand Access to Palliative Care

The UN’s global drug policy debate is a crucial chance to ensure the need for palliative care demand is met in Kenya and beyond.

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The Museum of Drug Policy

This pop-up cultural hub includes an immersive art experience and special live programming looking at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world.

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York

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Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.