Policy Studies

Publications

Harm Reduction at the Pharmacy
Chelsea Boyd

Introduction

In many areas, pharmacies are among the most accessible locations to receive healthcare. In fact, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and…

Uncovering Policies That Prevent Syringe Services and Related Harm Reduction Programs from Meeting Community Needs
Stacey McKenna

Executive Summary
To combat rising rates of drug overdoses, the United States government has begun to embrace a public health response that has been saving lives for decades: harm reduction….

How Federal Cannabis Legalization Can Restore Police Legitimacy and Enhance Public Safety
Christi Smith & Jillian Snider

After 115 years of prohibition, the legal status of cannabis in the United States is at a tipping point. Significant advances in state-level cannabis legalization have been made in the past decade,…

The Facts about To-Go Alcohol and Drunk Driving: The Covid-19 Experience
C. Jarrett Dieterle

INTRODUCTION
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of to-go alcohol was largely unheard of in America. Certain locales, such as New Orleans, offered so-called “go-cups” for alcoholic…

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy For Treating Mental Health Disorders
Chelsea Boyd

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In the United States, half of all people will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in their lifetime, and depression is the leading cause of years of life lost due to…

America’s Primary Elections Are Ripe for Reform
Matt Germer

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Primary elections have become an integral part of the way American voters elect their leaders, from city clerks to President of the United States. Yet primary elections are a…

Unpacking the Unintended Consequences of E-Cigarette Policy in the Northeast
Mazen Saleh & Sarah Wall

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
From the time they were first introduced into the market, e-cigarettes have been at the center of a public health debate about their value as smoking-cessation devices versus their…

Transmission Reform Strategy from a Customer Perspective: Optimizing Net Benefits and Procedural Vehicles
Devin Hartman & Jennifer Chen

INTRODUCTION
Cost-efficient electric transmission planning, development and operations are vital for grid reliability and economic development. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have access to ample…

Opinions on Judicial Reform: A Review of the 2021 Supreme Court Commission
Matt Germer

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In April 2021, President Joe Biden created the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to evaluate many of the most popular ideas for reforming the…

Cleaner by the Dozen: Twelve Reforms to Make Texas Cleaner, Stronger and Freer
Josiah Neeley

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Texas conservatives should look to fundamental principles in crafting a positive policy agenda on climate change. Though often overlooked, many of the best ways to improve the…

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