CSDP Director of Research Doug McVay recently recorded an hour-long interview with Molly Gill, Government Affairs Council for the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums. The program was broadcast on radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, on September 2, 2015. The show can be heard or downloaded from:

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CSDP Director of Research Doug McVay recently interviewed Johann Hari, author of "Chasing The Scream" for public radio. The full audio is available at

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

The Drug Policy Facts podcast is back after a short hiatus! The new edition is available for download.

This week, we focus on the new World Drug Report issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on June 26th, with audio from the news conference at the UNODC headquarters office in Vienna, Austria. A copy of this webcast is not being made available by UNODC in their online archive. It was only possible to get a copy by recording it live when it went out at 10am Vienna time, which is 1am on the US west coast - which is where Doug McVay, CSDP's Director of Research and editor of Drug War Facts, resides.

June 26th, 2015, is the Global Day of Action for Drug Policy Reform. According to the Support! Don't Punish campaign:

"26th June 2015 will be the third Day of Action organised so far. On 26th June 2013, 41 cities from around the world took part in the first ever Global Day of Action. On 26th June 2014, 100 cities around the world held a huge variety of different actions. This year will be even bigger with 140 cities now confirmed!"

For more information or to get involved, go to SupportDontPunish.org.