Stories by Marsha Rosenbaum

Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, founded the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance. She is the author of Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens, Drugs and Drug Education. subscribe to Marsha Rosenbaum's feed

Posted on: Dec 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The increase of marijuana legalization marks a good opportunity to rethink how we talk to our kids about marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The NORA initiative would invest $65 million annually into developingdrug treatment programs for at-risk California youth under 18.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Abstinence-only education simply doesn't work, no matter how much Sarah Palin or George Bush dream it will.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The ONDCP is spreading new propaganda that the pot grown in the 1960's and '70s is far weaker than today's "pot 2.0," making absurd and unsubstantiated claims of "brain damage."

Posted on: May 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet

School-based drug testing is costly, counterproductive and violates basic American values.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

One mother shares the advice she offered her son on drugs before he entered high school. Eight years later, as a college graduate, he tells how successful the advice was.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The James Frey fiasco is not the first time accounts, descriptions or even research about drugs have been sensationalized or fabricated and proven false.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2006, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to random student drug testing, educators and parents should proceed with extreme caution -- it may be doing more harm than good.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The California Highway Patrol and the LAPD deserve credit for taking some small, positive steps toward drug policy reform.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

When policymakers advocate rigid, abstinence-only drug and sex education programs, they put our young people in real jeopardy.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In communities across the country, 'social host' laws passed in an effort to stop teenage drinking are making criminals out of otherwise responsible, law-abiding parents.

Posted on: May 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Irma Perez's death reminds parents that they must work to keep kids alive, even if they are not completely drug free.

Posted on: May 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A mom sends this positive message about drugs to her own teenage son and to any young person thinking about experimenting.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush credits recent declines in illegal drug use among teenagers to random drug testing, but research tells a different story.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Random drug testing in schools does not deter drug use, it alienates students, deters them from participating in extracurricular programs, and erodes the trust between a parent and a child.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While government agencies continue to devise increasingly harsh anti-drug policies to no avail, real parents living with real teenagers are looking at pragmatic alternatives to zero tolerance.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If young Americans are ever to believe what our government tells them about drugs and other policy issues, we must be sure that our messages are based on sound science rather than political ideology.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Studies prove that zero tolerance programs and policies are not deterring drug use among kids. The time has come for a pragmatic approach to keeping kids sober.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

DARE is turning 20 but is still years away from making a real impact.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2002, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

The author of 'Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens, Drugs, and Drug Education' writes about the failures of the DARE program and why students need honest, science-based, comprehensive drug education.