Dear Members of the CPDD Community,
The College on the Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) opposes laws that prevent the dissemination of scientific knowledge or science-based services that benefit public health, including those related to reproduction. Research shows that laws preventing dissemination of scientific knowledge or science-based services not only disproportionately harm the most marginalized people and groups, but also have historically plagued our country’s response to substance use disorders. In this spirit, the CPDD opposes laws that prevent patients from receiving evidence-based reproductive healthcare services, including contraception and abortion, or that criminalize people who receive such services. CPDD also opposes laws that seek to prevent or criminalize researchers and healthcare professionals from providing patients with scientific knowledge or related healthcare services to patients. CPDD will continue to encourage and distribute equitable, evidence-based, scientifically accurate and unbiased information about substance use before and during pregnancy in order to allow people who are pregnant or who could become pregnant to make informed reproductive choices.
Amy Janes, Ph.D., President
Deborah Hasin, Ph.D., President-Elect
Jack Bergman, Ph.D., Treasurer
William Stoops, Ph.D., Past-President
Sanrda Comer, Ph.D., Public Policy Officer
Jesse Howard, Executive Office