National Drug Strategy Network

Other Sites of Interest

Drug Treatment Help

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Public Health Service, was created in October 1992 with the Congressional mandate to expand the availability of effective treatment and recovery services for alcohol and drug problems. CSAT works cooperatively across the private and public treatment spectrum to identify, develop, and support policies, approaches, and programs that enhance and expand treatment services for individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs and that address individuals' addiction-related problems.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts. The core of the NA recovery program is a series of personal activities known as the Twelve Steps, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Drug Prevention Methods

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Public Health Service, was established to lead the Federal efforts in prevention and intervention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse among the nation's citizens. CSAP promotes the development of comprehensive prevention systems suited to community, state, national, and international needs.
Habit Smart This Web site has been constructed to provide an abundance of information about addictive behavior: theories of habit endurance and habit change as well as tips for effectively managing problematic habitual behavior. Many people grappling with addictive behavior are not aware that there are many potentially effective routes to change. In as much as AA and associated 12-step approaches have been useful to many, one size does not fit all. Furthermore, many who align themselves with the 12-step model can benefit from other information. The addiction professionals who manage and contribute to the site are invested in providing people with empirically-driven information which may be useful in controlling their unique habits.
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information is the information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. NCADI is the world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse prevention.

Drugs & Crime Data

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice, is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC) RAND's Drug Policy Research Center was established in 1989 to conduct the empirical research, policy analysis, and outreach needed to help community leaders and public officials develop more effective strategies for dealing with drug problems. The DPRC also hosts visiting scholars, and it sponsors training in drug policy research.
Monitoring the Future Monitoring the Future -- a study conducted by the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan -- is supported by research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Monitoring the Future project, begun in 1975, has many purposes. Among them is to study changes in the beliefs, attitudes, and behavior of young people in the United States.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics is published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Originally, this site presented the 23rd edition of Sourcebook, published in November 1996. The site is regularly updated to reflect new data as they will appear in the next edition.
FedStats FedStats is a website maintained by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy that provides access to the full range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 federal agencies.
Library of Congress The Library of Congress site houses many search tools for researchers, as well as Thomas, the full text reference guide to current bills under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.


European Cities on Drug Policy (ECDP)

Members of the European Cities on Drug Policy are cities and regions that are most affected by drug trafficking, drug consumption and the resulting problems. All local bodies that are concerned with these problems cooperate in the development of feasible strategies in drug policy.

The most important tasks of the ECDP are the exchange of experience, information, data, and experts and the cooperation between the members towards the development of local strategies in drug policy. The results of this cooperation are introduced to national and international governments and bodies.

United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNIDCP) The United Nations International Drug Control Programme is the United Nations agency responsible for coordinating activities relating to the international control of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Drug Law Enforcement

Department of Justice (DOJ) As the largest law firm in the nation, the Department of Justice serves as counsel for its citizens. It represents them in enforcing the law in the public interest. Through its thousands of lawyers, investigators, and agents, the Department plays the key role in protection against criminals and subversion, in ensuring healthy competition of business in our free enterprise system, in safeguarding the consumer, and in enforcing drug, immigration, and naturalization laws. The Department also plays a significant role in protecting citizens through its efforts for effective law enforcement, crime prevention, crime detection, and prosecution and rehabilitation of offenders.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and to bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations, and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support nonenforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. In carrying out its mission, DEA is the lead agency responsible for the development of overall Federal drug enforcement strategy, programs, planning, and evaluation.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) The mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law; to protect the United States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies; and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.
U.S. Customs Service As the nation's principal border agency, the mission of the U.S. Customs Service is to ensure that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance with all United States laws and regulations. This mission includes interdicting narcotics and other contraband.

Drug Policy Reform

Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCnet) The Drug Reform Coordination Network is "Drug Policy Central" on the Internet. Learn about what's wrong with Prohibition and the War on Drugs, and what you can do to fight for change.
Efficacy Efficacy is a Connecticut-based organization advocating peaceful ways to respond to social problems. At the present time, Efficacy concentrates its efforts on drug abuse and crime prevention, encouraging citizens to re-examine drug policy.
The Drug Policy Alliance The Drug Policy Alliance works to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, public health and human rights.
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) The Marijuana Policy Project develops and promotes policies designed to minimize the harm associated with marijuana.
Media Awareness Project (MAP) The Media Awareness Project is a worldwide network of activists who aim to impact public opinion, and especially media coverage, on public policy related to drugs -- to create a more balanced view about our drug policies.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Since its founding in 1970, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has been the principal national advocate for legalizing marijuana.
Partnership for Responsible Drug Information The Partnership for Responsible Drug Information is a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1994.  PRDI board members include attorneys, physicians, biochemists, economists, accountants, sociologists, psychologists, and business leaders. As an association of professionals, PRDI encourages other professionals to examine and discuss drug policy.

U.S. Government Drug-Related Sites

Justice Information Center Justice Information Center is a service of NCJRS, a dynamic information resource that responds to queries from law enforcement and corrections officials, lawmakers, judges and court personnel, and researchers.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) The National Institute on Drug Abuse is part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Each of the divisions and offices of NIDA plays an important role in programs of drug abuse research.
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) The Office of National Drug Control Policy was established by Act of Congress in 1988 and is organized within the Executive Office of the President. ONDCP is authorized to develop and coordinate the policies, goals, and objectives of the Nation's drug control program for reducing the use of illicit drugs. ONDCP engages in activities that both meet the requirements of its authorization and represent the values and commitments of the President and its Director.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)

The mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the Nation's health system is to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

SAMHSA's mission is accomplished in partnership with all concerned with substance abuse and mental illnesses.

Civil Liberties & Drugs

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) The American Civil Liberties Union
Forfeiture Endangers American Rights (F.E.A.R.) Forfeiture Endangers American Rights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reform of federal and state asset forfeiture laws to restore due process and protect property rights in the forfeiture process.
Human Rights and the Drug War (HR95) HR95 is the nonprofit organization which produced the traveling photoessay exhibit "Human Rights and the Drug War," recently published in book form as "Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War." The site features samples from the exhibit as well as information about the drug war's impact on human rights.

Sentencing Issues

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Families Against Mandatory Minimums -- In 1986, Congress passed laws that impose mandatory sentences for drug and firearm offenses. These sentences require an offender to serve a predetermined number of years in prison based solely on the weight of a drug or the presence of a firearm. The offender is not eligible for parole and must serve the full term of his or her sentence. Many states have adopted similar laws.
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and has been on the cutting edge of criminal justice reform in the United States since its founding in 1977. With a full-time staff of approximately 200, NCIA is a private, nonprofit agency providing training, technical assistance, research and direct services to criminal justice, social services, and mental health organizations and clients across the country.
U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) The U.S. Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. Its principal purpose is to establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including detailed guidelines prescribing the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. While the development, monitoring, and amendment of the sentencing guidelines is the centerpiece of the agency's work, the Commission provides training, conducts research on sentencing-related issues, and serves as an information resource for Congress, criminal justice practitioners, and the public.
The November Coalition The November Coalition is a coalition of prisoners and their families arguing for an end to the drug war. The site includes coverage of court cases and legislative action, and an online exhibit, "The Wall," featuring the personal stories of imprisoned drug offenders.