National African American Drug Policy Coalition


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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.

January 01, 2020

Dear Majority Leader McConnell                         Dear Mr. Speaker Ryan


The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. principal mission is to  advocate, educate and to promote position changes in our healthcare system to eliminate disparate access and treatment and unlawful discrimination to persons afflicted with drug dependency and addiction and related mental health issues. Our objective is to bring about reforms in the juvenile and criminal justice systems which result from the usage and trafficking in illegal drugs and abuse of prescription drugs and related crime and violence involved in this Nation as a result.

January 01, 2020

The AFRO Salutes the Life of Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins

After a lifetime of service to his country, Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins, III passed away suddenly on Feb. 3 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause of death was undisclosed.

His most recent position was as president and CEO of Hawkins Solutions International—a consultancy providing human capital support and a columnist on military affairs for the AFRO-American Newspaper...

January 01, 2020

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February 09, 2017

2017 NAADPC Conference

The 25th anniversary conference of NAAAS & Affiliates will be spectacular as we host approximately 600 sessions with more than 1,000 research presentations & poster displays. Outstanding events are scheduled to bring academics & culture together in one setting. Most noteworthy is our primary speaker, Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, scholarly lectures/workshops provided by the National Hispanic Law Enforcement Agency, Shark Board Maritime Center of Excellence (South Africa), National African American Drug Policy Coalition & the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality bring current & lifelong learning experiences. We will also host the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibit.  
The conference very much supports student engagement and will host a college debate competition in addition to the 5th Pansy E. Jacobs Jackson Student Research Competition.  

February 13, 2016

NACoA, Faces and Voices of Recovery Release Joint Position Paper

"The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. strongly endorses and support the comments made in the Press Release on Organizations Urge Candidates to Include Family Recovery in Addressing Addiction, for in our view the impact of addiction on African American families combined with poverty and a high rate of unemployment leads to their children being involved in more juvenile delinquent offenses which further leads  to adult crime and Mass Incarceration."


"The focus on the children in these families, frequently where only the mother or other caretaker is involved leads to the child or children not having adequate parental supervision and also being depressed. truant, failing in school and dropping out of school without graduating from high school. and results in the children's emotional instability and mental health problems, experimentation with alcohol and illegal drugs, sex as teenagers and unwanted pregnancies, and the increase of neglect and abuse cases and our welfare roles"


"For these reasons, we are of the strong view that  focus on the service needs of these children and recovery of families living in poverty, unemployed, and who are minorities in this country is most critical by all candidates running for office, from the President of the United States, State and local officials  and all the way down to County Commissioner  who have the authority and power to deal with the physical and mental health needs of children in families throughout the United States.."


Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. 
Judge- Retired

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