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Naloxone Distribution: Saving Lives and Restoring Trust in the Police

By Tessie Castillo

Law enforcement departments across the country are finally equipping officers with naloxone—a medication that reverses opiate drug overdose—and teaching them to treat overdose as a medical issue before viewing it as a criminal one.  MORE  

A Pastor’s Journey from Dealing to Healing

By Tessie Castillo

Pastor James Sizemore has run the gamut from coke to crack to the Catalyst Community Church and a practical approach to harm reduction. MORE  

Georgia Governor Signs 911 Medical Amnesty Law

By Tessie Castillo

Georgia became the 19th state to pass limited prosecution immunity to people calling emergency services to help save someone suffering from an overdose. MORE  

The Rise of Peer-Based Naloxone Distribution Programs

By Tessie Castillo

Lawmakers are finally realizing that restricting access to naloxone is a bad idea; by extending the drug's availability to outreach workers, active drug users, and family members, we save lives. MORE  

Do Efforts to Crack Down on Prescription Drug Abuse Drive Users to Heroin?

By Tessie Castillo

Nearly 80% of recent heroin initiates started by misusing prescriptions. What are we doing about it? MORE  

Vermont Enacts Good Samaritan Law

By Tessie Castillo

Today VT becomes the 13th state to protect victims and witnesses of a drug overdose from prosecution. MORE  

Mothers Who Lost Children to Overdose Find Hope

By Tessie Castillo

It's hard to imagine a greater loss. But bereaved mothers all over the US—like these four—are bravely campaigning for change, to prevent others from suffering the same. MORE  

We Can End Opiate OD Deaths

By Tessie Castillo

The prescription drug naloxone reverses opiate overdoses and saves lives. But getting the emergency intervention into the hands of folks on the front line is controversial. For their clients' sake, treatment providers need to step up. MORE  

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