…after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Philly’s supervised injection site plan doesn’t violate federal law, I’d like to take this opportunity to say, loud and clear, for once and for all, put one in my damn backyard. Or at least my neighborhood… The people using are using alone. And they may die alone. They’re our neighbors, and we’re losing them.
There is only one way to solve a crisis like county lines and that is to legalise and regulate all drugs. – Arfon Jones, North Wales’s police and crime commissioner
The ultimate goal of Safehouse’s proposed operation is to reduce drug use, not facilitate it… Viewed objectively, what Safehouse proposes is far closer to the harm reduction strategies expressly endorsed by Congress – U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh
Abstinence-only advocates are simply harm reductionists with a limited imagination.
After she revived the woman by the road, Haven Wheelock made her way back across the road and lit a cigarette. She is known for being calm — even bossy — in a crisis. “Then, as soon as everything is taken care of, I cry,” she says. “Every time.”
…we appear to have forgotten how to like and respect people who use drugs… We need to reimagine how harm reduction can work in this austere climate and, yes, maybe this also means we need to rediscover a new style of activism to once again make a difference by keeping people who inject drugs alive and well.