Use + Harm Reduction

West Virginia Senator Calls Syringe Exchanges “Failed Experiment,” Seeks to Ban Them

In West Virginia, which has the highest rate of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the US, injecting drugs with shared needles…

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Why Harsher Fentanyl Penalties Will Exacerbate the Overdose Crisis

Congressmembers are pushing for new laws that will impose harsher penalties for potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which are involved…

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Inside Baltimore’s Unique Bid to Open Safe Consumption Sites

A row of seats at the front of Baltimore City Council's chambers was reserved for harm reductionists on January 13.…

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In Defense of the Concept of Addiction

The term—and concept of—“addiction” is regularly frowned upon or even attacked by people in our field. But it won’t disappear,…

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How Can Pediatricians Become Harm Reductionists?

Draconian drug policies have often been made in the name of the health of youth, yet harm reduction centers, like…

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Why Boston Drug Users Are Wary of Emergency Medical Care

Wound care for people who inject drugs is considered a critical component of harm reduction by providers. But people who…

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Coerced Into Rehab? Here’s a 28-Day Survival Guide

January traditionally sees a surge in rehab admission rates. And if you’re going to residential addiction treatment by choice, I…

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Does the CDC Drastically Undercount US Overdose Deaths?

A study published January 7 suggests that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be drastically undercounting national…

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“An Abstinence-Based State”—Utah Harm Reduction Faces Unique Challenges

Deaths involving opioids, methamphetamine and other drugs have reached record highs in Utah. The state government passed legislation in 2016…

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Britain’s “Most Prolific” Rapist Spurs Misguided GHB Crackdown

The UK is moving towards a crackdown on GHB and GBL—two highly similar depressants, popular in clubs and the chemsex…

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