#BHEARD: WHOSE WAR ON DRUGS?
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DRUG POLICY ALIANCE
In the 1970’s, President Nixon declared a “War On Drugs.” Billions of dollars have since been spent, millions of people incarcerated, and nearly forty years later, we are still no closer to a solution. This so-called war disproportionately targets, prosecutes and incarcerates people of color. Here in New York, more than 80 percent of those arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite similar rates of use among white people, and today, the city is seeing a rise in opioid use and an alarming increase in drug overdoses.How can we begin to reverse the collateral damage to our communities? And how do we bridge the gap between public health and the criminal justice system?