Manual Fixing Drugs: The Politics of Drug Prohibition

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Fixing Drugs pp Cite as. Drugs have side effects and so do anti-drug policies. People who try drugs may do so for a variety of reasons but an important one is likely to be the expectation of pleasure and altered consciousness. Some side effects may also be a predictable, although not an intended outcome.

Users may expect to feel unpleasant withdrawal symptoms as the agreeable effects of the drug wear off. Some effects of drugs may be unintended and unpredicted. Those in authority adopt drug policies because, for a mixture of ideological, economic, social and political reasons, they want to prevent drug use. Naidoo presents regularly on drug policy reform issues across the country and internationally, including presenting at a White House convening on LEAD. She has testified before state legislatures and other government bodies on criminal justice reform and drug policy and often serves as a guest speaker at law schools, universities and other institutions.

Naidoo received her B. Prior to joining DPA, she worked in private legal practice for four years representing clients in employment law and commercial litigation matters. She left private practice to join the struggle to make drug laws and policies more just, more compassionate, and more effective. His areas of focus have included drug overdose prevention, emerging drugs, collateral consequences, marijuana law reform, and the intersection of immigration and drug policies. Before joining the organization, Smith served as a victim services advocate with the federal Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, completed a one-year legislative internship with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations focused on advancing drug policy reform in Washington, and completed internships with DPA and Transform Drug Policy Foundation in the U.

Smith completed a B. A native of Savannah, Georgia, where he was engaged in antiracism activism, Smith was drawn into drug policy reform after learning about the racial disparities inherent in the drug war. He also has an undergraduate degree from Strathclyde University in his hometown of Glasgow. He speaks French, Spanish and Catalan. Michael has been involved in several drug policy victories, such as the passage of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment , funding for diversion programs, legalizing marijuana in Washington, D.

Michael has written several op-eds on drug policy, including one in early , published by CNN , warning against increasing penalties for fentanyl. Her areas of focus include marijuana legalization with a racial justice focus, collateral consequences, housing, and overdose prevention. Serrano D-NY , Mic. His portfolio includes issues of mass incarceration, taxation and regulation of marijuana, transnational criminal organizations, immigration and drug laws, and drug policy in the Latino community throughout the US and Latin America.

For more than 20 years, he has worked in journalism and public policy, in places such as Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She received her doctorate in medical sociology from the University of California at San Francisco in From to , Rosenbaum was the principal investigator on National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies of heroin addiction, methadone maintenance treatment, MDMA Ecstasy , cocaine, and drug use during pregnancy. As well as numerous scholarly articles about drug use, addiction, women, treatment, and drug policy.

Rosenbaum regularly speaks to PTAs, other parent groups, schools, drug treatment and prevention professionals and the media about teenagers and drugs, Ecstasy, and drug policy issues. She currently serves on the California Blue Ribbon Commission to study marijuana legalization in California. One of these strategies is to challenge local communities to work from a public health, racial justice and human rights framework.

Kaltenbach joins the organization following 15 years working in New Mexico implementing rural community-based health centers, helping reform the long-term care system, and setting the stage to implement federal health care reform in the state. Born and raised in rural New Mexico, Kaltenbach graduated from Beloit College with a BA in sociology and a minor in health care studies. As policy manager, Dionna is assisting in the development of the reparative justice campaign and will work to repair the harms caused by the drug war in New York State.

There she led successful campaigns to ban the box at SUNY and increase funding for in-prison higher education programs. She hails from Atlanta and has a painfully reluctant relationship with Falcons. Based in Ithaca, Katharine helps manage the development and implementation of municipal efforts to address drug use throughout Central and Western New York as well as statewide efforts regarding opiate overdose.

Katharine brings almost a decade of experience in political communication and campaigns, government and grassroots organizing. A coalition builder at heart, she has worked in diverse contexts—from neuroscience lab to Capitol Hill, lived in rural, suburban and urban areas of New York, Vermont and the Midwest and helped forge partnerships across party lines and life experience. Senate and a presidential campaign, and she has led and advised national, local and campus campaigns regarding drug policy as well as mental health, veterans and academic pipeline issues.

Melissa Moore's fifteen years of experience managing media and campaign strategy for progressive nonprofits focused on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, poverty, community-led international development, and resource rights shape her role at Drug Policy Alliance. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked toward social change by bridging policy analysis and targeted campaigns with direct engagement.

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She has trained advocates across the country and internationally on effective communications, helping activists leverage their voices to target key audiences to move campaigns and policy forward and make a lasting impact. Melissa's experiences growing up in Los Angeles and seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by the War on Drugs motivated her to join the Drug Policy Alliance.

She has been invited to give keynotes and has delivered testimony at municipal and state government hearings. About Us. History of DPA.

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Annual Reports. Vision The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Mission Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. A Broad Coalition Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs must end. Our Victories.

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Marijuana Reform Beginning with California in , DPA has played a pivotal role in roughly half of the campaigns that have legalized medical marijuana in the U. Criminal Justice Reform DPA has been at the forefront of many, perhaps most, major drug sentencing reforms over the past two decades. Harm Reduction DPA is leading the fight to reduce the death, disease, crime and suffering associated with both drug use and drug prohibition.

Overdose Prevention DPA took the lead over a decade ago in addressing the rapidly growing number of overdose deaths, which recently surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the U. Learn more about our harm reduction work. Download staff photos Leadership Team.

Ellen received her B. Read Julie's writings. Gabriella Miyares Manager, Multimedia Design.

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Ifetayo Harvey Marketing Coordinator Ifetayo first joined DPA as an intern in and has been an integral part of the Communications staff since Matt Sutton Director, Media Relations Matt Sutton is the director of media relations for the Drug Policy Alliance, serving as the primary liaison between the organization and members of the media.

Michelle Eastwood Digital Content Strategist. Alexis Martin Development Coordinator Alexis Martin is the development coordinator at DPA, where she supports all functions of the development department. Avinash is passionate about advancing human rights and social justice. Chelsea Ogun Development Associate Chelsea Ogun is the development associate at DPA, where she supports all operations within the development department.

Elizabeth Sarnoff Development Manager As development manager, Elizabeth is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to engage philanthropists with the mission and programs of the Drug Policy Alliance. Christopher Soda Executive Associate. Haneefah Vincent Finance Coordinator. Laini Madhubuti Manager, Grants and Partnerships. Lina Mingoia Director, Human Resources. Lorraine Vittoriosa Controller. Rasheedah Jones Manager, Human Resources. Norrell Edwards Administrative Associate.

Jeannette Zanipatin State Director, California.