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Politics of Punishment: Needle Exchange and the Costs of Inaction

TIME TO RECLAIM THE WORD “ENABLING”

“I got into harm reduction to enable people who use drugs. I enable them to protect themselves and their communities from HIV, HCV and overdose”.

Needle Exchange Saves Lives

Photo: Kaytee Riek

I think it’s time for harm reduction advocates to reclaim the word “enabling.”

True confession: I got into harm reduction to enable people who use drugs. I enable them to protect themselves and their communities from HIV and hepatitis C and overdose. I enable them to feel like they have someone to talk to, someone who cares, someone who respects them and their humanity. I enable them to ask for help and to help others in turn. I enable them to find drug treatment and health care, to reconnect with their families, to rebuild their lives. And I enable people who use drugs to take personal responsibility for their health and their futures. If that makes me an enabler, I’m proud to claim that term.

Read more from Daniel Raymond, Harm Reduction Coalition’s Policy Director here.

 

 

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