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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

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

Prevention of Drug Use and Problematic Use

Programs that aim to keep young people abstinent forever, especially by exaggerating the harms of drugs, are unrealistic and may even be counter-productive.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

The Impact of Drug Policies on Children and Young People

This report looks at some of the ways in which young people are harmed by drug control efforts, and sets out some recommendations for a focus on children young people at the UN General Assembly Special Session.

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

At the center of the world’s illicit drug trade, Latin America is well positioned to teach other regions of the Global South what it’s learned about smarter drug policy.

Harm Reduction

This report details how harm reduction is a central pillar of effective drug response, critical to reaching people who use drugs with services that can help protect them, their families, and their communities.

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Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations–New York