The Substance Use Policy, Education, and Recovery PAC is pleased to stand with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha in support of the reclassification of simple possession of controlled substances. Mass incarceration stemming from the "War on Drugs" has destroyed lives and communities, and felony convictions create significant barriers to individuals in recovery long after their sentence is complete.
Reclassification has already shown strong positive outcomes in other states. By taking this step, Rhode Island will show its commitment to supporting evidence-based treatment interventions instead of more of the same failed approaches. The substance use and overdose crisis has hit our state particularly hard, and we are fortunate to have leaders such as Attorney General Neronha who prioritize effective solutions.
We look forward to a continued partnership with this office, bringing community stakeholders and experts across disciplines together for the common goal of saving Rhode Island lives.
The writers are co-chairs of the Substance Use Policy, Education and Recovery PAC.