It was clear people were going to use it, so we decided not to scare people by saying that fentanyl will definitely cause an overdose. Instead, we said they should use it with caution. Use less of it, use it slower, use it with other people, and keep Narcan with you. – Kristen Marshall
Any approach to drugs has to be based on protecting health and human rights. It’s not about combating drug misuse—it is about respecting people as human beings.
They thought they’d be making a latte today, but now they’re finding a dead body.
Anti-abortion (laws) didn’t cause women to stop having abortions but upped their mortality rate, risk of damage to their bodies, shame, ridicule. See the parallel? When we make things illegal we tend to make them inherently more dangerous. If we simply accept laws as what is good for us we have many greater problems. Street drugs are dangerous because they are illegal and there is no quality control. Period, end of story.
The only thing we know that’s different is underground needle exchange is going on in the state. That’s the only variable that we can find after analyzing the data over and over and over.
So much of our time and energy seems to be spent refuting inaccurate information, speaking out against stigmatizing policies, and dealing with reactionary policy makers who seem incapable of simply saying “We’re sorry, we were wrong.” The worst part is that this takes away from the life-saving work that needs to be done.