Every year, there are thousands of arrests for drug use and possession in D.C. that disproportionately impact Black and Brown people and people who have low-income. Instead of being offered care and health services, those most in need are being criminalized for simply possessing a drug and left at increased risk of fatal overdose.
It’s time to end these arrests and stop this cycle of harm. That’s why DPA and HIPS just launched an exciting new campaign urging the D.C. Council to decriminalize the possession of all drugs, provide for expungement and resentencing of past drug possession arrests and convictions, and fund a 24-hour harm reduction center where people can access critical health and overdose prevention services.
A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of D.C voters support decriminalizing drugs and investing in health services. Tell the D.C. Council to act now to make it a reality.