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September 1, 2022 / News

Racial Disparities In D.C.’s Opioid Arrests Underscore Need For Decriminalization, Advocates Say

New arrest data shows that Black D.C. residents are arrested almost seven times as often as white residents for opioid-related offenses, which advocates say bolsters their case for decriminalization and the need to move funds away from policing and into safe-use resources.
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August 10, 2022 / News

SPELLMAN/ADESUYI: Ward 8 is Leading D.C. in Fatal Drug Overdoses — and In Support for Drug Decriminalization

After decades of the war on drugs, the outcomes have been punishment, incarceration, the worst fatal overdose rates on record, and lingering penalties that inhibit people from living a healthy and stable life
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June 13, 2022 / News

D.C. Reported 29 Suspected Opioid Overdoses In Two Days Last Week

D.C. recorded 29 non-fatal overdoses in a 48-hour period last week, marking another concerning spike in the city’s ongoing opioid crisis.
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April 18, 2022 / Opinion

“Opinion | D.C. must quickly move to stem opioid deaths”

D.C. must do more to save lives. We are undoubtedly experiencing a serious public health emergency that requires a shift in the status quo of relying...
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March 25, 2022 / Opinion

Opinion | D.C. can pioneer a new way forward in drug policy

As a former police officer with the D.C. police, I’ve seen the fallout of the “war on drugs” and tough-on-crime policies.
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February 13, 2022 / Opinion

Opinion | Facing a surge in overdose deaths, D.C. must decriminalize drugs

Eclipsed by the coronavirus’s pervasive impact, however, is another ongoing public health emergency that has received even fewer resources to adequately address it: overdose fatalities.
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February 1, 2022 / Opinion

We Cannot Arrest Our Way Out of Substance Use

Clearly, America has not learned its lessons from Prohibition.
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January 26, 2022 / News, Opinion

Opinion | Treating Addiction as a Crime Doesn’t Work. What Oregon Is Doing Just Might.

By decriminalizing personal-use drug possession, Oregon has become the first state to acknowledge that it is impossible to treat addiction as a disease and a crime simultaneously.
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October 28, 2021 / News

Advocacy Coalition Launches to Decriminalize Drugs in DC

Washington, D.C.-based activist groups have launched the #DecrimPovertyDC campaign aimed at decriminalizing drug use.
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October 22, 2021 / Press Release

New Poll Finds More than Four Out of Five DC Voters Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession & Investing in Services

Release of Polling Data Follows Launch of Campaign by #DecrimPovertyDC Calling on D.C. Council & Mayor to Introduce and Pass Legislation
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