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Meghan Ralston is the harm reduction coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance.
California Chips Away at the Stigma of Addiction
Posted on: Oct 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Some people may never stop using drugs, but they also never stop being human beings.
The Viral "Faces of Drug Arrests" Infographic Is Inaccurate and Damaging
Posted on: Apr 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet
It's sponsored by a rehab program, but it shames and stigmatizes drug users.
Why It's Wrong to Call Drug Users "Addicts"
Posted on: Mar 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet
We don’t say, “my mother, the blind,” or “my brother, the bipolar.”
The Tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman: How We Can Prevent Overdose Deaths
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014, Source: The Huffington Post
His death will be called a "teachable moment," but we need to ensure that what we're teaching includes basic drug user safety information — information that can save lives.
Molly Is Not Killing People at Music Festivals, Prohibition Is to Blame
Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
People need access to the information that could save their lives.
End of the Silk Road: Will Shutting Down the 'eBay for Drugs' Cause More Than Harm Than Good?
Posted on: Oct 3, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
Federal shutdown of Silk Road will do nothing to stop demand for drugs, nor end drug sales or drug use.
Drugs Like Krokodil Are the Result of Irresponsible 'War on Drugs' Policy
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A flesh-rotting drug is eye-popping, but the real story should ask why we aren’t doing more to help impoverished addicts.
How Prescribing Heroin Could Actually Save Lives
Posted on: Aug 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet
When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table.
Why Is It Still Taboo for Women to Enjoy Taking Drugs?
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Women are victims of addiction and drug policy, but we rarely hear their stories.
Confronting the Truth on Overdose Awareness Day
Posted on: Aug 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Confronting the Truth About our Deadly Drug Policy on Overdose Awareness Day
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Friday, August 31, is dedicated to understanding a new epidemic.
"Abuse-Deterrent" OxyContin Leads to Heroin Use -- So How Do We Curb the Pill Epidemic?
Posted on: Jul 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The New England Journal of Medicine recently released research showing that the recent introduction of the reformulated version of OxyContin is linked to increases in heroin use.
Amid Overdose Epidemic, Public Health Advocates Urge FDA to Make Opioid Overdose-Reversing Drug More Available
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet
New Report Shows Incredible Overdose-Reversing Medication Saved 10,000 Lives
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Over the past 15 years, an estimated 10,000 opiate overdoses have been successfully reversed with naloxone by people present at the scene of an overdose.
How the Death of Whitney Houston, and Countless Others, Could Have Been Prevented
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Drug poisoning is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, but the government is ignoring crucial ways to change that tragic fact.
An Open Letter to CA Governor Jerry Brown on International Overdose Awareness Day
Posted on: Aug 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet
No other state in the country endures as many annual deaths from accidental drug overdose as California.
Amy Winehouse: Reflections from Two Drug Policy Activists
Posted on: Jul 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet
While speculation is rife about a possible drug overdose, it doesn't really matter. Winehouse was haunted with struggles none of us will understand.
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