Drug Policy Alliance

DPA Network is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
National Institute on Drug Abuse Releases 2011 Teen Drug Use Survey
The federal government's National Institute on Drug Abuse released its annual Monitoring the Future survey today. Cigarette and alcohol use continued their long-term decline, reaching their lowest point since the survey began polling teenagers in 1975. Another notable finding is the inclusion of synthetic marijuana in the survey for the first time. While past-year marijuana use rates held steady at 36.4 percent among 12th graders, 11.4 percent of 12th-graders reported past-year use of synthetic marijuana.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Government Study Finds Nearly Half of Drug Courts Do Not Reduce Recidivism
The Government Accountability Office last week released a report , in which it finds that only 18 of 32 drug courts – or just over 50% – showed statistically significant reductions in recidivism among participants. That is, almost half of drug courts do not reduce re-arrest rates of their participants below the rates of people who went through the normal criminal justice process.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
United States Conference of Mayors Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling the War on Drugs a Failed Policy That is Driving Over-incarceration and Racial Disparities
"The war on drugs – declared 40 years ago this weekend – has been the principal driver of mass incarceration in America," said U.S. mayors in a resolution adopted on Monday at the United States Conference of Mayor's annual meeting in Baltimore. The mayors pointed out that the U.S. has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 2.4 million of its residents in prison or jail, including roughly 500,000 Americans behind bars for drug law violations – an increase of 1200 percent since 1980.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Mother's Day Launch of New National Campaign: Moms United to End War on Drugs
Moms from around the country are using Mother's Day to announce the national launch of a new campaign whose mission is to help end the disastrous drug war. Moms United to End the War on Drugs hopes to play a similar role as moms in the 1930's who led the successful fight to end Alcohol Prohibition. Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally impacted by the war on drugs, including having family who suffer from addiction, have been repeatedly incarcerated, or have died from preventable drug overdoses.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
US Supreme Court Hears California Prison Crowding Case
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Schwarzenegger v. Plata , a landmark prison rights case in which a federal court found the unconstitutional conditions of California's prisons were caused primarily by overcrowding and ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding from over 200% of design capacity down (by about 40,000 people) to 137.5% of capacity within two years.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
California's Marijuana Legalization Initiative Falls Short
California voters decided against the adoption of Proposition 19, which would have legalized possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana by adults and allow cities and counties to regulate sales of marijuana within their jurisdictions. A win at the ballot would have been a first of its kind in U.S. history.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Another World Is Possible: U.S. Social Forum in Detroit Brings Together Over 15,000 Activists, Cultural Workers and Community Changemakers from June 22-26th; Drug Policy Reform Highlighted as Increasingly Urgent Issue for Progressives
Thousands of activists, cultural workers and community changemakers from around the country will gather in Detroit this week to participate in the U.S. Social Forum. The Forum will bring together a broad spectrum of people, skills and vision for dealing with major issues facing our country, such as immigration, the environment, and growing socioeconomic disparities. The US Social Forum will feature over 1,000 self-organized workshops, 500 cultural events & performances, People's Movement Assemblies, direct actions and a 15,000 person party!
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday: Congressional Hearing Looks at Obama Administration’s Drug War Policies
The U.S. House Domestic Policy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on the White House's drug war budget and forthcoming 2010 National Drug Control Strategy. The Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (also known as the drug czar), Gil Kerlikowske, and the executive director of the anti-drug-war Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, will both be testifying. Mr. Nadelmann testimony will focus on:
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sting Advocates for Health-Based Drug Policies and an End to the Failed Drug War
Sting, the internationally renowned musician and activist, is teaming up with the Drug Policy Alliance to call for an end to the failed war on drugs. Sting has written a passionate letter laying out the devastating consequences of the drug war and urging people to support the Drug Policy Alliance in advocating for sane drug polices.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Washington to Become Second State with Overdose Protection Law
On Wednesday, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign a bill that will protect people calling 911 when witnessing a drug overdose. Washington will join New Mexico as the second state in the country with this life-saving legislation. Accidental drug overdoses cause the death of more than 26,000 Americans every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose now ranks as a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., second only to motor-vehicle accidents.
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