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Doctors, advocates press Massachusetts legislature for safe drug consumption sites ‘empirically proven to save lives’

By:  Benjamin Kail | bkail@masslive.com From:  www.masslive.com “Years ago, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone believed supervised consumption sites for drug users were a bad idea. But the 55-year-old mayor — who admitted Monday that he didn’t always handle his own brother’s and cousin’s addiction struggles with enough “humanity and decency” — now finds himself an advocate, […]

We need treatment, not more of the same.

Providence Journal – August 5th Josiah “Jody” Rich is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University. Rosemarie Martin is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. Brandon del Pozo, who served as a police officer for 23 years, contributed to this […]

Fact Sheet on Fentanyl Test Strips

The Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA), a recipient of ONDCP’s Model Acts grant, has just released a new fact sheet on fentanyl test strips. LAPPA’s new fact sheet outlines how states can make this important harm reduction tool more accessible to their citizens. As ONDCP stated in their release this afternoon “bending the […]

Public Health Out Loud: How to Prevent an Overdose

Substance use and overdoses are an epidemic in this country, and Rhode Island is not immune. But efforts to combat substance use are often highly misunderstood. This week’s episode sheds light on some of those efforts, commonly referred to as harm reduction and overdose prevention strategies.   Our guest expert is Dr. Brandon Marshall, a […]

To truly reimagine safety, we must end the war on drugs

by Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance   “Over the past year, we have witnessed visceral examples of how the systems that purport to protect and support us too often cause harm, especially to communities of color. Yet not enough attention has been given to the central role played by the war […]

College Dating Violence and Substance Misuse

Dating violence is a serious issue on many college campuses throughout the country. Unfortunately, substance misuse can make a troubled relationship even more volatile. A study that surveyed 72 female college students, titled “Daily and situational reports of substance use and dating violence among college students: A 10-week prospective study,” took a closer look at this […]