Derek Rosenfeld

Planning to Get a Little Intoxicated This New Year's Eve? Here Are Some Ways to Be Safe and Have Fun

It’s the end of the year, people are getting excited about the holidays, and millions of people are making plans for partying on New Year’s Eve. And for lots of people, their version of partying includes using drugs. So for our final Drugs & Stuff episode of 2017, who better to talk to about harm reduction and partying than DPA’s Stefanie Jones?

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Expert Marsha Rosenbaum on How to Educate Young People About Drugs

We're back with a new episode of DPA's podcast, Drugs & Stuff!

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Marvin Washington Connects the Dots: Marijuana, Athletes, Activism, NFL Protests and Drug War Policing

Drug Policy Alliance's podcast Drugs & Stuff is back with a timely new episode. This week we sat down with Marvin Washington, former NFL player and Super Bowl champion, to talk about the war on drugs, marijuana policies in sports, socially conscious athletes, and this past week’s display of solidarity across the NFL in response to Donald Trump’s comments calling players who kneel during the national anthem “sons of bitches.”

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Google is Capitalizing off Duterte's Horrific Drug War in the Philippines

When a sitting president likens himself to Hitler, it should get your attention. Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, has proudly said he’d “be happy” to exterminate 3 million people who use or sell drugs in his country. His horrific campaign to rid the Philippines of drugs has led to the extrajudicial murders of more than 12,000 people in the last year. Meanwhile, the Google Play store is hosting all these games (some rated “E” for “Everyone”) glorifying the president’s sickening, murderous drug war. It’s time for Google to take down these games.

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Because of the Drug War, There Is Virtually No Heroin Without Fentanyl in Many Places

August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day, and there is a huge disconnect happening right now. Without doing any real analysis of the problem, some lawmakers are rushing to pass harsh new penalties against people who provided fentanyl-laced heroin to someone who then died from it, even if they were unaware that their supply of heroin contained fentanyl. If these lawmakers looked closely at the issue, they might realize their approach will do nothing to reduce opioid-related deaths.

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End the Ban on Marijuana in Professional Sports

In the last week we’ve heard from NBA legend Phil Jackson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about their own marijuana use and how they think professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL should change their marijuana policies.

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The Drug War Started 45 Years Ago Today - Here's How to End It For Good

Former President Richard Nixon officially declared a “war on drugs” 45 years ago today. His primary motivation was to go after anti-war protesters and black people. It doesn’t get clearer than this frank explanation from one of Nixon’s top policy advisers, John Ehrlichman who was interviewed by Dan Baum in Harper's Magazine:

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Baltimore Raven Eugene Monroe Launches Campaign to Change NFL Marijuana Policy

Starting left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Eugene Monroe has become a leading voice calling on the NFL to adopt a more rational marijuana policy. Yesterday, he launched a new Facebook page and website to support marijuana in the NFL, using the #cannabis4pain hashtag to relay his message. He specifically wants the NFL “to remove marijuana from the banned substances list; fund medical marijuana research, especially as it relates to CTE; and stop overprescribing addictive and harmful opioids.”

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Could Marijuana Help Prevent the Rare Brain Disease Afflicting Football Players?

The NFL is back and I'm very excited about the upcoming season. But there is something that I have become more aware of recently that I can't help but think about while watching the game – the issue of concussions, their effects on the brain, and how medical marijuana can help play a role in treating the problem.

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NFL Players' Union Gives 30-Day Heads Up on Drug Testing

The union representing NFL players, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), put out an alert yesterday letting players know they have a little more than 30 days left before they can be randomly tested for banned substances.

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5 Tips For Talking to Your Family About Marijuana This Thanksgiving

My whole family knows that I work for the Drug Policy Alliance and that my job means advocating for the removal of criminal penalties for drug use. Marijuana is often a topic of conversation at our family dinners, and since voters in Colorado and Washington approved marijuana legalization measures on Election Day, I know I should be ready to talk about it again this Thanksgiving.

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Larry King Hosts Third Party Debate: Presidential Candidates Slam the Drug War

At last night’s third-party debate on C-SPAN, Larry King asked the four candidates a question that neither Romney nor Obama has been willing to address: “How does the war on drugs affect Americans?”

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