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What is the drug problem?

Misinformation, intolerance and fear drive the US War on Drugs, an increasingly punitive, expensive and futile policy. Drug war supporters have so demonized drugs, drug users, and drug war opponents that most public figures dare not raise questions.

What is PRDI's mission?

We at PRDI seek to enable the democratic process to develop more effective and humane drug policies. To this end, we promote open, honest, and well-informed discussion of drug issues among "opinion-leaders"--educated leaders and professionals, especially in the media. We advocate no particular drug control policy. Rather, we insist that drug policy must be developed by rational procedures consistent with American democratic ideals.

What is PRDI's history?

PRDI was founded in 1993 by David Crockett and Paul Bennett. They gathered the initial Board of Directors, largely professionals and academics, and obtained a 501(c)(3) in 1994. In 1995, Board member Dr. Thomas Haines, Chair of Biochemistry at CUNY Medical School, took over as Chair of the Executive Committee. As part of our opinion-leader outreach strategy, we recruited to PRDI's Board of Advisors major senior leaders known for their integrity, including the late Hon. Elliot L. Richardson, The Hon. Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, and the late Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham. More recently, we recruited Sam Dash, Esq. to our Board. 

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