Drug Policy Alliance
DPA is the leading organization in the U.S. working to end the drug war
Our answer: for more than fifty years, the drug war has prioritized criminalizing drugs under the false pretense of stopping drug use. But the evidence is clear: criminalizing drugs harms our communities. Overdose rates have risen, and drugs are more potent and more available. Your turn: why is it time to end the drug war? #NoMoreDrugWar #EndTheDrugWar
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. Most people know it as the nasal spray Narcan. As there are efforts to make the medicine more accessible, this is a reminder that it should be free as the U.S. faces an overdose health emergency. #harmreductionsaveslives #harmreduction #naloxone
Overdose prevention centers (OPCs) are more than just a place to prevent overdose. They're a place of connection, support, and safety. These centers can play a crucial role in our communities and it's time we make them more accessible to those who need them the most. #overdosepreventioncenters #opcs #overdoseprevention #harmreduction
@OnPoint NYC , the nation's only recognized overdose prevention center, announced that they have averted 1000 potentially fatal overdoses. As the U.S. battles a devastating overdose epidemic, OnPoint NYC has taken compassionate action to save lives, making New York a model that cities and states across the country are learning from.
But for people who use drugs problematically or are struggling with addiction, criminalization doesn’t provide the addiction services and social supports they may need. However, criminalization does provide lifelong barriers associated w/ a criminal record such as barriers to housing, jobs, and public benefits #DecriminalizeDrugs #InvestInHealth