One Hundred Years Ago, Prohibition Began in Earnest
On December 17, 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Act, making non-medical opium and cocaine illegal. It was really about punishment, not public health. And it set the tone for a disastrous century.
We Need to Kick Racism Out of Criminal Justice Now
With tens of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to demonstrate that “Black Lives Matter,” we have a rare chance to confront drug war violence, mass incarceration, and our own deepest misconceptions about black and white.
How a Drug Policy Reform Organization Thinks of the Children
This valuable, newly updated resource for parents is based in the real world.
DIY Drugs and the Digital Future of Getting High
Journalist Mike Power broke the story of the drug revolution that the rest of the media largely ignores—he even created a drug of his own to prove it. He tells us how legal highs and the Internet are transforming use and challenging policy.
Addiction Treatment: Who Gets It and Who Needs It?
Popular notions about who receives treatment are largely wrong. But what about the conventional wisdom that we should devote more resources to treatment to increase access? Let's look at the data.
Are Substance Problems Among Older Americans a Crisis?
Many seniors use drugs to self-medicate, and baby boomers—with their long history of casual drug use—are retiring in vast numbers. As America's population ages, will the little addiction treatment that exists for older people be swamped?
Why Are America’s Toddlers Being Prescribed ADHD Drugs?
Against all medical guidelines, children who are two and three years old are getting diagnosed with ADHD and treated with Adderall and other stimulants. It may be shocking, but it's perfectly legal.
Women, Kink, and Sex Addiction: It’s Not Like the Movies
The popular view is that if a woman is into BDSM she's probably a sex addict, and vice versa. In fact, most kinky women are perfectly happy—and possibly healthier than their vanilla counterparts.
I Nearly Lost My Freedom Because I Couldn’t Pee in a Cup
After 21 years in federal prison for a first-time, non-violent drug offense, I'm now living in a halfway house. I can go out to work and visit my wife, but I'm sometimes reminded how vulnerable my new life is.
Don’t Forget Why Marijuana Legalization Is Winning
The mid-term elections prove that support for legalizing weed continues to grow. But progress has been rolled back before—it's important to remember how we got here if we're to keep moving forward.
Eric Holder’s Drug Record Is Much Weaker Than Many Believe
Advocates for reform are praising the outgoing attorney general's accomplishments. But ultimately his legacy is more words than deeds.
Should the Victims of the War on Drugs Receive Reparations?
A drug war Truth and Reconciliation Commission along the lines of post-apartheid South Africa is a radical idea proposed by the Green Party. Substance.com asks their candidates for New York State's gubernatorial election to tell us more.