Reliable data and statistics on drugs, drug policies, effective interventions, and the impact of the failed war on drugs.

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"A critical resource for anyone seeking accurate information on drug policy... essential!"
— Maia Szalavitz, Noted Journalist and Author of the NY Times Bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

"Drug War Facts is one of the most valuable sources of information about drugs anywhere in the world. It's a must-read."
— Johann Hari, Author of the NY Times Bestseller Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs

"Incredible resource for preparing for debates, writing op-eds, and fact checking. Meticulously sourced."
— Sanho Tree, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Director of its Drug Policy Project

"I want you to know that when we're not producing Hempfest, we are reading Drug War Facts, one of the best compilations of data and raw information to fight the power that exists."
— Vivian McPeak,
Executive Director, Seattle Hempfest

"A compendium of facts that fly in the face of accepted wisdom."
— David F. Duncan, Clinical Associate Professor,
Brown University Medical School

"Drug War Facts offers a treasure trove for serious seekers of useful facts and sources about all sides of the drug war."
— Clarence Page, Syndicated Columnist,
Chicago Tribune

"A valuable resource for anyone concerned with drug policy."
— Ira Rosen, Producer, 60 Minutes

Since it first went online in 1998, Drug War Facts provides reliable information with applicable citations on important public health and criminal justice issues related to drug policy and the failed drug war. It is updated continuously by its current Editor, Doug McVay.

Most charts, facts and figures are from government sources, government-sponsored sources, peer reviewed journals and occasionally newspapers. In all cases the source is cited so that journalists, scholars and students can verify, check context and obtain additional information.

Our mission is to offer useful facts, cited from authoritative sources, to a debate that is often characterized by myths, error, emotion and dissembling. We believe that in time an informed society will correct its errors and generate wiser policies.

Drug War Facts is sponsored by Common Sense for Drug Policy. Its directors are Kevin B. Zeese, President; Ernest Drucker, Ph.D., Chair; Robert E. Field, Co-Chair; Melvin R. Allen, JD; David Borden; Balázs Denés, JD; Kris Krane; and Doug McVay.

To the extent of its copyrights, Common Sense for Drug Policy authorizes and encourages the use and republication of some or all portions of this book. Questions, comments or suggestions for additions and modifications are most welcome and may be addressed to Doug McVay at

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