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Research and Resources

Research and Resources

The research below includes policy reports, studies, and legal analysis that help shed light on the impact of drug policy in our society.

The Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts does not take responsibility for the content or viewpoints of any of the material presented.

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Economics

"State Spending More on Prisons than Higher Education" by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, December 2003.
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"A Critique of Estimates of the Economic Costs of Drug Abuse," by Professor Jeffrey Miron, November 2003.
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"The Economics of Drug Selling: A Review of the Research" by the Sentencing Project, April 2003.
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"The Effect of Marijuana Decriminalization on the Budgets of Massachusetts Governments, With a Discussion of Decriminalization's Effect on Marijuana Use" by Professor Jeffrey Miron, December 2002.
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"Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States" by the Justice Policy Institute, July 2000.
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"Contesting the Government's Conflict of Interest in Drug Cases" by Professors Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen, 1998.
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"Policing for Profit: The Drug War's Hidden Economic Agenda" by Professors Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen, 1998.
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General

"Ending Discrimination Against People with Alcohol and Drug Problems" by Join Together, 2003.
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"Media Drug Prevention and Public Service Advertising: Evaluating the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign" by Tatyana Varshavsky, 2003.
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"Drug Policy and the Criminal Justice System" by the Sentencing Project, 2001.
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"The Next Stage of Forfeiture Reform" by Professors Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen, 2001.
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"Drug Testing: A Bad Investment" by the American Civil Liberties Union, 1999.
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"Drug Court is in Session" by Robert Preer, MassInc., Spring 1998.
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"Losing the Vote: The Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States" by the Sentencing Project, October 1998.
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Juvenile Justice

"Disproportionate Minority Confinement in Massachusetts: Failures in Assessing and Addressing the Overrepresentation of Minorities in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System" by the American Civil Liberties Union, May 2003.
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"Prosecuting Juveniles in Adult Court: Perspectives for Policymakers and Practitioners" by the Sentencing Project, 2002.
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Prisons

"January 1, 2002 Inmate Statistics" by the Massachusetts Department of Correction, July 2003.
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"Big Prisons, Small Towns: Prison Economics in Rural America" by the Sentencing Project, February 2003.
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"Distorted Priorities: Drug Offenders in State Prisons" by the Sentencing Project, September 2002.
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Public Education

"Education & Incarceration" by the Justice Policy Institute, August 2003.
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"Relationship Between Student Illicit Drug Use and School Drug-Testing Policies" by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, April 2003.
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"One Strike and You're Out? Constitutional Constraints on Zero Tolerance in Public Education" by Professors Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen, 2003.
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"How to Create an Underclass, Or How the War on Drugs Became a War on Education" by Professors Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen, 2002.
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Public Health

“Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts," Zimmer, Lynn and Morgan, John. Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence. New York: The Drug Policy Alliance. 1997, 241 pages.

From the Forward:

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States and in most other countries as well.  More than seventy million Americans have tried marijuana, and more than twenty million have smoked it in the last year. The use of marijuana may decrease in years to come, as may the use of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and drugs such as Valium and prozac. But the use of marijuana, like the use of these other psychoactive drugs, is here to stay.


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"Moving Harm Reduction Policy Forward," Report by the November 2003 OSI Seminar in Chisinau, Moldova, December 5, 2003. View Report

"About Methadone" by the Drug Policy Alliance, 2003.
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"Preventing Blood-Borne Infections Through Pharmacy Syringe Sales and Safe Community Syringe Disposal" in Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, November/December 2002.
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"Heroin in Massachusetts: Current Status and Trends," Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & Bureau of Health Statistic and Research - Massachusetts, December 2002.
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"Recovering from Drugs and the Drug War: An Achievable Public Health Alternative" by Professor Eric Blumenson, 2002.
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"Physician Prescribing of Sterile Injection Equipment To Prevent HIV Infection: Time for Action" in Annals of Internal Medicine, August 2000.
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"Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base" by the Institute of Medicine, 1999.
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Racial Impact

"Race and the War on Drugs" by Fatema Gunja, American Civil Liberties Union, October 2003.
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"Race and Class Penalties in Crack Cocaine Sentencing" by the Sentencing Project, 2003.
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"Cellblocks or Classrooms? The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and It's Impact on African American Men" by the Justice Policy Institute, August 2002.
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"The Color of Justice" by Robert Keough, MassInc., Summer 2000.
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Sentencing Policies

"Smart On Crime: Positive Trends in State-Level Sentencing and Corrections Policy" by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, November 2003.
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"Survey of Sentencing Practices FY 2002" by the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, May 2003.
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"State Sentencing and Corrections Policy in an Era of Fiscal Restraint" by the Sentencing Project, February 2002.
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"Recidivism of State Prisoners: Implications for Sentencing" by the Sentencing Project, 2002.
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Treatment

"Treatment for Addiction Advancing the Common Good" by a Join Together Policy Panel on Treatment and Recovery, January 1998.
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Women

"Counting the Drug War's Female Casualties" by Professor Phyllis Goldfarb, July 2003.
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"Life Sentences: Denying Welfare Benefits To Women Convicted Of Drug Offenses" by the Sentencing Project, February 2002.
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"Gender and Justice: Women, Drugs, and Sentencing Policy" by the Sentencing Project, November 1999.
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