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The center aims to conduct, support, and share academic and practical research. With special attention to issues surrounding the reform of laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs. Research efforts include grant programs, hosting visiting scholars and supporting three faculty members at the Moritz College of Law, College of Social Work, and John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
“As the nation grapples with the opioid epidemic and the fast pace of change in state and local marijuana laws, the need for independent research and analysis of drug laws and their enforcement is paramount to provide advocates, policymakers and community leaders with information and evidence needed for effective policies. One fundamental goal for our center is to provide sophisticated and objective analysis that contextualizes today’s problems and challenges with the history of drug enforcement and drug policy reform in the United States. Our center aspires to provide a venue for thoughtful discussion and critical engagement with these issues.”
Professor Douglas A. Berman, Executive Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center