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SmartDrugPolicy is both a resource and a voice for those seeking innovative solutions to the global drug problem. Based in Washington DC, we provide you news and analysis on drug policy reform that is accessible to policymakers and informed citizen alike. As a non-partisan 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, we are grateful for contributions from supporters like you (Please Contribute).

Bernardo J. Rico, Founder and President – Bernardo has 30 of experience in international development in Latin America and was the former Latin America Deputy Assistant Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He is currently working on this forthcoming book to be published in 2025, America’s Drug Story – The Genesis of An Epidemic and How to Solve It. You can follow his newsletter on Substack here, America’s Drug Story.

Bernardo has a Masters in Latin American Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins’s School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and fluent in Portuguese.