Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

An Influential Think Tank Suggested That Harm Reduction Doesn't Work

The Brookings Institution claimed that syringe exchange programs and overdose-reversing drugs will make the addiction crisis worse—ignoring decades of public health data. With record opioid overdose deaths, getting these recommendations right matters.
Maia Szalavitz
5 days ago
Fighting Words

Dan Bigg Is a Harm-Reduction Pioneer and His Overdose Doesn’t Change That

Bigg brought the opioid antidote naloxone to the streets. But today’s poisoned drug supply makes saving lives harder than ever.
Maia Szalavitz
10.24.18
Fighting Words

I Would Have Started Heroin Recovery Earlier If I'd Had Access to a Safe Injection Site

There were no harm reduction measures available to me when I was in active heroin addiction. If there had been, I might have a different health outcome than I do today.
Ryan Hampton
9.5.18
Fighting Words

The Trump Administration Wants to Block Cities' Plans to Cut Drug Overdoses

An expert explains why deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's ideas are so misinformed.
Rob Stenzel
8.31.18
Harm Reduction

Calling Safe Consumption Sites by a Different Name Increases Public Support

A new study found that, all other things being equal, people were more likely to support "overdose prevention sites" opening in their community.
Jesse Hicks
8.13.18
Harm Reduction

Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage?

Recent reports that smoking heroin (and an associated risk of brain damage) is increasing among young people aren't looking at the full picture.
Troy Farah
8.10.18
How to Not Die

This Is How Festivals Can Stop Encouraging Drug Abuse

“I had been in the sun all day, seeing bands and smoking pot, which made me drowsy. I tried an energy drink, but it didn’t have enough kick.”
Suzannah Weiss
7.26.18
Fighting Words

Doctors Should Be Handing Out Addiction Meds on Demand

“Every dose of buprenorphine consumed is at least a dose of heroin not getting consumed, if not several.”
Maia Szalavitz
6.26.18
Smoking

CBD Could Help People Smoke Fewer Cigarettes

A small but growing body of research suggests that a compound in marijuana may help people find cigarettes less appealing.
Troy Farah
6.13.18
addiction

New York City Will Open Four Safe Injection Sites and Call Them Overdose Prevention Centers

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to open four facilities meant help to prevent overdose deaths following criticism from activists for delaying the report.
Jesse Hicks
5.3.18
united states of addiction

How to Get Naloxone

Everything you need to know about buying and using the anti-overdose drug.
Zachary Siegel
4.6.18
Smoking

E-Cigarettes Are Dangerous for People Who Don’t Already Smoke

Several recent studies suggest that unless you're using e-cigs as a harm reduction tool to quit smoking, you should stay away from them—especially if you're a teenager.
Troy Farah
3.14.18
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