Sep 20, 2021
The harm reduction
movement began as a reaction against drug war
policies that criminalize, punish, and hurt people – and
a need to save lives. As a public health approach that
aims to reduce the harms related to drug use and minimize risk, it
offers a fresh and compassionate alternative to the war on
drugs. In her new book, New York Times bestselling author
Maia Szalavitz chronicles the fascinating and
impactful history of this movement. DPA's Sheila Vakharia
sat down with Maia to talk about her research, her book's
timeliness, and where the movement can go from here,
including the decriminalization
and legal regulation of drugs.
You can keep up with Maia’s work at her website, maiasz.com. Her new book, Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, is available wherever books are sold.