No “back to normal” after COVID-19 for our failed drug policies

  title={No “back to normal” after COVID-19 for our failed drug policies},
  author={Brandon del Pozo and Leo Beletsky},
  journal={The International Journal on Drug Policy},
  pages={102901 - 102901}

Beyond Decriminalization: Ending the War on Drugs Requires Recasting Police Discretion through the Lens of a Public Health Ethic

It is concluded that to health law and policy that allow extensive harm reduction interventions is a better solution to the harms of America’s drug overdose crisis than is full legalization.

PWUD Experiences of Criminal Justice Reform: Enduring Tensions Between Policing and Harm Reduction in Baltimore, MD

In this paper we explore people who use drugs (PWUD) perceptions and experiences of drug-related law enforcement in a major U.S. city. Maryland recently implemented several harm reduction

CommunityStat: A Public Health Intervention to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths in Burlington, Vermont, 2017–2020

The effort undertaken by officials in Burlington provides an example that other municipalities can use to take an evidence-based approach to reducing opioid deaths, and highlights that police-led public health interventions are the exception, and addressing the overdose crisis will require reform that shifts away from criminalization as a community’s default framework for substance use.

Addressing Racism in Medicine Requires Tackling the Broader Problem of Epistemic Injustice

Striving for epistemic justice lies at the heart of correcting the effects of racism in medicine in a broader web of bioethical concerns: patients suffering from addiction and mental illness are routinely epistemically discredited due to stigma, which degrades their care, and patients of color at the intersection of these conditions fare even worse.

COVID-19 and the health of people who use drugs: What is and what could be?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who inject drugs accessing harm reduction services in an rural American state

Changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted all dimensions of access to harm reduction services among PWID, and specific policy decisions mitigated service barriers, while other policies exacerbated them.

Police discretion in encounters with people who use drugs: operationalizing the theory of planned behavior

The TPB offers untapped potential to better understand and modify police practices and should validate instruments that measure the relationship between these variables and discretionary intentions, and that measure role-relevant police stigma towards PWUD.

Impacts of COVID-19 at the intersection of substance use disorder treatment and criminal justice systems: findings from three states

Despite rapid adaptations made by systems during the pandemic, additional work is needed to better support individuals with OUD who are involved in the justice system, and the use of telehealth and telejustice is highlighted.

COVID-19 economic impact payments and opioid overdose deaths



COVID-19 as a Frying Pan: The Promise and Perils of Pandemic-driven Reform

The COVID-19 pandemic makes for a challenging research environment, but its OUD-related interventions have created new regulatory systems that lend themselves to valuable opportunities for evaluation as natural experiments by the burgeoning field of legal epidemiology.

Controlled Substances Act At 50: A Blueprint for Reform

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Controlled Substances Act. By bringing together various strands of federal regulation under one organizing framework, this legislation vastly expanded


Since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in 2014,1 the problem of police violence against African Americans has been a relatively salient feature of nationwide discussions about race. Across

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic reflect the dual evolutionary foundations of political ideology

A popular view, supported by several studies, is that liberals are more concerned than conservatives about COVID-19. This is puzzling given the strong pandemic responses from some conservative

Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants.

The crisis is fundamentally fueled by economic and social upheaval, its etiology closely linked to the role of opioids as a refuge from physical and psychological trauma, concentrated disadvantage, isolation, and hopelessness, and a broad focus on suffering should guide both patient- and community-level interventions.

Implementing Mexico’s “Narcomenudeo” Drug Law Reform

This mixed methods study integrated a structured questionnaire with in-depth interviews assessing legal knowledge, police encounters, and risk behaviors among people who inject drugs in Tijuana to assess initial reform impact.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

“More African Americans are under the control of the criminal justice system today – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850. Discrimination in housing, education,

Modeling COVID-19 and Its Impacts on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Facilities, 2020

Using ICE detainee population data obtained from the ERO website as of March 2, 2020, a simple stochastic susceptible-exposed-infected-recovered model is implemented to estimate the rate of COVID-19 transmission within 111 ICE detention facilities and impacts on regional hospital intensive care unit (ICU) capacity.

Tackling the overdose crisis: The role of safe supply

Public health and the epidemic of incarceration.

It is recommended that public health and medical practitioners capitalize on the public health opportunities provided by correctional settings to reach medically underserved communities, while simultaneously advocating for fundamental system change to reduce unnecessary incarceration.