Press Releases

Sabet in Newsweek: The Results Are in—Oregon’s Total Drug Decriminalization Was a FailureSabet in Newsweek:

February 5, 2024

In February 2021, politicians and activists celebrated Oregon’s implementation of Measure 110, the nation’s first law to decriminalize drugs like fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and meth. It’s not a surprise what happened next: a dramatic increase in overdoses. Fast forward to last week: Oregon Governor Tina Kotek and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of […]

Marijuana in the Buckeye State. Are THC dabs, waxes, gummy bears too strong for Ohioans?

December 20, 2023

Today’s high-potency marijuana and THC products – such as dabs, waxes, and gummy bears – pose significant health and medical risks. Scientific data increasingly link its use with depression, IQ loss, suicidality, psychosis, schizophrenia, heart conditions, and other health consequences that persist long after the effects of the drug wear off. Read HERE

NOW LIVE: THE DRUG REPORT

November 15, 2023

New Online Platform and Email Digest Provides the Latest News, Research and Commentary on the Nation’s Drug Crisis and Policy Debates Site Offers Aggregated Content from Traditional Media, Scientific Journals, Other Platforms (WASHINGTON, DC) – The nation’s leading drug policy organizations and their partners, including Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS), have launched […]

Congressional Hearing on Psychedelics Comes Baked with Industry Bias Witnesses

November 14, 2023

Veterans Subcommittee Should Demand the Addiction-for-Profit Industry’s Testimony Brings True Scientific Perspective WASHINGTON, DC) – Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, released the following statement today in advance for the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on the use of […]

A Review of Coerced Treatment

October 28, 2023

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2023 Performance Review System reported, in 2020, only 50% of state prisons and 29% of local jails offered medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), such as buprenorphine. Only 2.6% of federal inmates with opioid use disorder received MOUD. To address the revolving door between drug use and incarceration, the criminal […]

NEWSOM VETO WELCOMED, BUT MOVE WAS CALCULATED AND DOESN’T SOLVE THE LOOMING PROBLEM OF PSYCHEDELICS IN CALIFORNIA

October 12, 2023

Encouraging More Drug Use, In The Midst Of An Addiction And Homelessness Crisis, Would Be A Disaster (WASHINGTON, DC) – Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to the Obama White House, released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of California Senate Bill 58, which would […]

OREGON ISN’T PORTUGAL AND ELECTED OFFICIALS DON’T NEED A JUNKET TO EUROPE TO KNOW THAT

September 6, 2023

European Trip for Officials by Soros Funded, Addiction Industry-Aligned Group is Desperate Attempt to Save Measure 110 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Following media reports that a George Soros-funded group, aligned with the addiction industry, is sending Oregon officials to Portugal on a “fact-finding trip,” Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) President and former Obama White House drug policy […]

New Poll Finds Oregonians Regret Measure 110, Blame Law For Increases in Crime and Homelessness

August 30, 2023

A survey by Emerson College Polling found 56% of voters want the drug decriminalization and treatment measure repealed completely. “There’s widespread dissatisfaction with the way that (Measure 110) dollars have been rolled out, the amount of treatment that’s available, and really with the lack of accountability,” Sabet said. “So we decided, why don’t we commission […]

Dr. Kevin Sabet in National Review: Oregon residents are realizing the impact drugs have ‘on their communities’

August 29, 2023

“Oregonians were sold a narrative by those looking to expand addiction in the name of ‘bodily autonomy’ and addiction-for-profit. Now, two years into their new reality, it’s clear residents are waking up to the impact these drugs are having on their communities,” Kevin Sabet, president of the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions, said in a […]

NEW POLL FINDS OREGONIANS REGRET MEASURE 110, BLAME LAW FOR INCREASES IN CRIME AND HOMELESSNESS

August 24, 2023

Two Thirds of Voters Want to Repeal Some or All of Controversial Measure That has Led to Increased Drug Use  (WASHINGTON, DC) – A new poll finds that a strong majority of Oregonians support repealing controversial Measure 110, the ballot initiative that decriminalized, and essentially legalized possession of, drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.  The poll, commissioned by the Foundation for […]

Oregon voters souring on Measure 110, with many in favor of a complete repeal, new poll finds

August 23, 2023

A majority of Oregonians support repealing the state’s landmark law that decriminalized small amounts of street drugs and funneled hundreds of millions of tax dollars into treatment programs and services, a new poll found. Read the full article here.

NIH STUDY SHOWS US BECOMING NATION OF DRUG USERS

August 18, 2023

DATA SHOW RECORD LEVELS OF MARIJUANA AND HALLUCINOGEN USE Adults 35-50 reach all-time past-year use of marijuana and hallucinogens Young adults 19-30 past-year marijuana and hallucinogen use, as well as marijuana and nicotine vaping, significantly increased in the past five years (WASHINGTON, DC) – Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) President and CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet, a […]

Dr. Kevin Sabet: Oregon’s Measure 110 lacks incentives, accountability

August 1, 2023

“The data we’re seeing, people we’re talking to are saying they have buyer’s remorse over Measure 110, and they’re kind of looking at what other options there are,” said Sabet, CEO of the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions. Read the entire article here.

FDPS’s Jordan Davidson on Albany’s CBS 6 about psychedelic drugs

July 14, 2023

FDPS’s Jordan Davidson speaks to Chet Davis from Albany’s CBS 6 about the problems with psychedelic drugs. Watch the interview, here.

LUKE NIFORATOS: Magic Mushrooms As Medicine? More False Promises From The Addiction Industry

June 27, 2023

Just days after Minnesota lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to flood the state with the drug THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, addiction profiteers made their next move by advancing another bill to create a “Psychedelic Medicine Task Force,” with the clear goal of commercializing more drugs. It’s an increasingly familiar pattern of behavior in […]

On International Drug Day SAM & FDPS Meet with Italian PM in Rome and head to New Zealand; Call on Global Community to Strengthen Cooperation to Combat Illicit Drug Use

June 26, 2023

June 26 is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (ROME, ITALY) – Gripped by an unprecedented drug crisis that is devastating families and fueling profits for drug cartels, Smart Approaches to Marijuana and the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) today called on political leaders around the world to advance public policies focused on evidence-based prevention, treatment, international cooperation, and criminal justice […]

MUSHROOMS AREN’T MEDICINE –– BUT THEY’LL BE A CASH COW FOR INVESTORS

June 22, 2023

For Immediate ReleaseJune 22, 2023 Media Contact: Bob [email protected] Policy Experts Warn Veterans, Others Being Exploited to Create Legal Psychedelics Market Aaron Rodgers Promoting Psychedelics Demonstrates Stunning Ignorance (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) issued the following statement today in reaction to New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary […]

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON FENTANYL WILL HELP SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES

May 25, 2023

Bipartisan House Vote Passes Critical Legislation Creating Access to Treatment, Penalties for Those Peddling Dangerous Drugs  For Immediate ReleaseMay 25, 2023 Media Contact: Bob [email protected] (WASHINGTON, DC) – Following today’s bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the HALT Fentanyl Act (H.R. 467), Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS) President Dr. Kevin Sabet released the […]

KENNEDY & SABET: CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON THE FENTANYL BILL WILL HELP SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES

May 24, 2023

Ensuring Access to Treatment, Penalties for those Peddling Dangerous Drugs are the Best Ways to Combat the Fentanyl Crisis (WASHINGTON, DC) – With more than 150 Americans dying every day from synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions (FDPS)President Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, and […]

Nasal spray that can reverse opioid overdose soon available over the counter in US

May 22, 2023

FDPS President Dr. Kevin Sabet addresses the opioid crisis and how it will be impacted by expanding the availability of Narcan. Watch the full video, here.

Vancouver’s “The Drugs Store” is About Harm Promotion, Not Harm Reduction

May 5, 2023

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2023 Media Contact: Tom Basile [email protected] People living with substance use disorder deserve access to quality treatment (Vancouver, BC) – The Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions President and CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former Obama drug policy advisor, released the following statement today following reports that a Vancouver man has opened a store selling […]

SAM President: Must ‘consider a more comprehensive approach to nation’s drug epidemic’

April 17, 2023

Kevin Sabet, of the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions, said the fact that the nation’s overdose deaths have climbed even as naloxone is more widely available is one reason to consider a more comprehensive approach to the nation’s drug epidemic. “Some people think we should just have test strips and Narcan,” Sabet said. “It’s a […]