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David W. Murray

Senior Fellow

David W. Murray is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he co-directs the Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. While serving previous posts as chief scientist and associate deputy director (supply reduction) in the federal government’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dr. Murray directed extensive scientific research on all aspects of the drug problem and helped coordinate high-level inter-agency efforts to limit the production of illicit drugs and counter the transnational criminal organizations that control their global shipment and marketing.

Before entering government, Dr. Murray was executive director of the Statistical Assessment Service and held academic appointments at Connecticut College and Brown, Brandeis, and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, essays, and commentaries; co-author (with Joel Schwartz and S. Robert Lichter) of the widely-noted book It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality; and a frequent guest on major network television and radio programs.

Dr. Murray holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Chicago.

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The “Colorado Experiment”: Legalized Marijuana’s Impact in Colorado

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David Murray is quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on the possible rise in money laundering that could result from the SAFE Banking Act.

David Murray is quoted in MedScape on a new medical study alleging that abuse-deterrent OxyContin is tied to a spike in Hepatitis C infections

Letter to the editor by John P. Walters and David W. Murray published in The Wall Street Journal

David Murray quoted by The Washington Free Beacon on the opioid crisis

David W. Murray quoted by PJ Media on the Obama administration’s drug policies

David Murray quoted in Texas Tribune on the effect of legalization on the drug trade’s supply and demand

John P. Walters, Brian Blake, and David Murray’s Weekly Standard article on the increase production of Mexican heroin cited in USA Today

David Murray quoted in Washington Times on why fentanyl deaths should be included in the total number of heroin deaths

David Murray quoted in Vice News on the Canadian government allowing doctors to prescribe heroin

David Murray’s article about misrepresentation in the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey on Marijuana written up in The Weekly Standard

David Murray quoted in LA Times on reliability issues in a new study of marijuana usage among Colorado teens

John P. Walters, David W. Murray, and Brian Blake’s article on President Obama’s Drug Policies quoted in an editorial written in The Oklahoman

David Murray interviewed in Resource Magazine on the environmental impacts of the drug trade

David Murray quoted in Washington Examiner on medicinal marijuana

David Murray quoted in Washington Post on the legalization of marijuana

David Murray’s article on marijuana policy praised in Weekly Standard