To shift public resources

To shift public resources into education, prevention, treatment and research programs, which has been proven significantly more effective in reducing drug abuse than the use of expensive criminal sanctions.

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To enhance treatment

To enhance provision of substance abuse treatment upon request, particularly for those living at or below the poverty level, including necessary ancillary services and assistance such as mental health care, housing, case management, literacy, job readiness and vocational training, transportation, child care and peer and family supports.

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To enrichment opportunities

To provide enrichment opportunities and comprehensive health education to youth as a means of preventing drug use and other potentially harmful behaviors.

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Restore Equity

To restore equity to the criminal justice system by addressing the disproportional adverse effect of drug law enforcement on people of color and the poor.

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Inform About Legislation

To keep our state partners, key stakeholders and the community at large informed about important federal, state and local legislation impacting substance use penal codes and access to mental health services. We advocate for public health strategies that address prevention, treatment and re-entry strategies that have evidence based benefits to society.

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Our efforts to educate students, parents, stakeholders, health professionals and legislators about the importance of equity and opportunity for those impacted by substance use disorders. We recognize that the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) associated with families impacted by substance use disorders span beyond the individual using drugs.

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Mission FACTS

National African American Drug Policy Coalition

The National African American Drug Policy Coalition is a coalition of pre-eminent African American professional organizations united to promote drug policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse and provide a more effective and humane approach to address the chronic societal problem of drug abuse. The NAADPC provides a non-partisan forum for developing and promoting policies and practices related to substance abuse in the African American community. The organization will present an interdisciplinary, scientifically grounded perspective, and thereby provide a voice now missing from the highly polarized debate on public health versus punitive approaches. The NAADPC seeks to harness the energies and resources of the Coalition member organizations to educate and thereby improve policy and practice in major population centers across this country. Such a professional partnership has great potential to make a difference.

Focused mission since 2004

Stability, National Focus, Tremendous Partnerships

Our Baltimore and District of Columbia programs are models of effective, public health focused diversion, prevention and education collaboratives.

NAADPC has 17 years of experience in drug policy advocacy. Our Board of Directors have more than 300 years of collective leadership in public health and substance use policy advocacy.