[Let’s pay attention to]… black drug policy reformers
“Our [experts’] answers […] suggest that the severity of the opioid crisis is breaking down longstanding divisions between public health officials and law enforcement,” stated that New York Times article, “with over two-thirds of our panel including increased funding for law enforcement or international interdiction efforts.” Might these answers have been different if the panel had been more diverse?
When it comes to the legal consequences of drug use, grotesque disparities remain. Black people are arrested for possession of illicit drugs at more than twice the rate of white people and arrested for selling at more than triple that rate, though Black and white people use and sell illicit drugs at similar rates.
Original Article (Filtermag):
This Black History Month (and All Year Long), Stop Ignoring Black Drug Policy Reformers
Artwork Fair Use: Adam Jones, PhD