DPA Leads Vast Coalition of Public Health Orgs & Professionals Calling on the CDC to Adopt Decarceration & Expanded Health Care Access in Guidance to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), in partnership with JusticeLA and Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—signed by 117 other organizations and 579 individual public health professionals—urging them to explicitly adopt decarceration and expanded healthcare access for incarcerated and newly released people as a […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Trump Escalating the International War on Drugs to Distract from Delayed COVID-19 Response

New York, NY – Below is a statement from Kassandra Frederique, Managing Director of Policy Advocacy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to comments President Trump made yesterday during his White House Briefing on Coronavirus to escalate the international war on drugs: “In an effort to distract Americans from his delayed response […]

Made of Millions and Drug Policy Alliance Partner for “First of All” Drug Education Web Series

New York, NY – Coinciding with National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week, global mental health advocacy nonprofit Made of Millions, in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), has launched First of All — a web series hosted by DPA’s Safety First Senior Program Manager, Sasha Simon. The first episode went live March 30, and […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Marijuana Legalization Being Left Out of New York State Budget

New York, NY – Below is a statement from Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director and Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to Governor Cuomo’s comments that marijuana legalization will likely be left out of the New York state budget: “While legalizing cannabis is necessary to reduce […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on the Tragic Death of Patrick Jones, the First COVID-19 Fatality in the U.S. Federal Prison System

Policymakers Must Act Now to Release People Inside Jails, Prisons & Detention Centers New York, NY – Below is a statement from Kassandra Frederique, Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the tragic death of Patrick Jones, the first COVID-19 fatality in the U.S. prison system: “We […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Congress Failing to Protect Incarcerated People in COVID-19 Stimulus Deal

Congress Must Act to Reduce Jail, Prison and Immigrant Detention Populations, Support Safe Community Reentry and Protect the Health of Incarcerated People Washington, D.C. – Below is a statement from Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs of the Drug Policy Alliance, expressing grave concern over Congress failing to adequately prioritize the protection […]

Drug Policy Alliance Urges Policymakers to Put Public Health First & Take Immediate Action to Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

Public Officials Must Reduce Incarceration & Immigrant Detention Capacity, Stop Minor Arrests and Ensure Continued Access to MAT & Medical Marijuana New York, NY – Below is a statement from Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, urging policymakers to take immediate action to protect the health and well-being of the most […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Release of the Santa Fe Plan: A Municipal Public Health and Safety Approach to Alcohol and Other Drugs

Santa Fe, NM – Below is a statement from Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director, Municipal Drug Strategies and New Mexico State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to tonight’s Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force presentation to the City of Santa Fe’s City Council: “The bold leadership of the Santa Fe Municipal Drug Strategy Task […]

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on the Presentation of the Final ATI Report to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Report Contains Recommendations to Implement Safe Consumption Sites, Decriminalize Drug Use and a Motion to Create an ATI Unit Within the County’s Chief Executive Office Los Angeles, CA – Below is a statement from Jeannette Zanipatin, Esq., California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the presentation of the final  Alternatives to […]

Drug Policy Alliance Board Announces Kassandra Frederique as Next Executive Director

New York, NY – The Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has selected the acclaimed drug policy reform activist Kassandra Frederique as its next Executive Director. Frederique, who is now the organization’s Managing Director of Policy Advocacy and Campaigns, will assume the role in September after completing projects to which she is […]

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