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Author Szalavitz, Maia, author.

Title Undoing drugs : the untold story of harm reduction and the future of addiction / Maia Szalavitz.

Publication Info. New York : Hachette Go, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  362.29 SZALAVITZ    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  362.29 SZA    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  362.29 SZALAVITZ    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 372 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-358) and index.
Contents Facing AIDS -- Undoing Powerlessness -- Undoing Addiction -- The Goddess of Harm Reduction -- ACT UP and the Johnny Appleseed of Needles -- The Trial of the Needle Eight -- Exposing Racism in the Drug War -- Housing Works -- The Heiress and the Biker -- Any Positive Change -- Refining Harm Reduction -- Undoing Overdose -- Undoing Treatment -- Come As You Are -- Nothing about Us without Us -- Undoing Tough Love -- Undoing Pain Care -- Undoing Overdose, Part II -- Undoing Divisions -- Redoing Organizing -- The American Challenge -- Redoing the Future.
Summary "From "one of the bravest, smartest writers about addiction anywhere" (Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author)-the untold story of harm reduction, a surprisingly simple idea with enormous power Drug overdoses now kill more Americans annually than guns, cars or breast cancer. But we have tried to solve this national crisis with policies that only made matters worse. In the name of "sending the right message," we have maximized the spread of infectious disease, torn families apart, incarcerated millions of mostly Black and Brown people- and utterly failed to either prevent addiction or make effective treatment for it widely available. There is another way, one that is proven to work. However, it runs counter to much of the received wisdom of our criminal and medical industrial complexes. It is called harm reduction. Developed and championed by an outcast group of people who use drugs and by former users and public health geeks, harm reduction offers guidance on how to save lives and improve health. And it provides a way of understanding behavior and culture that has relevance far beyond drugs. In a spellbinding narrative rooted in an urgent call to action, Undoing Drugs tells the story of how a small group of committed people changed the world, illuminating the power of a great idea. It illustrates how hard it can be to take on widely accepted conventional wisdom- and what is necessary to overcome this resistance. It is also about how personal, direct human connection and kindness can inspire profound transformation. Ultimately, Undoing Drugs offers a path forward- revolutionizing not only the treatment of addiction, but also our treatment of behavioral and societal issues"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Drug addiction -- United States -- History.
Harm reduction -- United States -- History.
HIV infections -- United States -- Prevention -- History.
Needle exchange programs -- United States -- History.
Drug addicts -- Health and hygiene -- United States -- History.
Drug addiction -- Treatment -- United States -- History.
Drug abuse -- United States -- Prevention -- History.
Drug addiction. (OCoLC)fst01430217
Drug addiction -- Treatment. (OCoLC)fst01430233
Drug addicts -- Health and hygiene. (OCoLC)fst01430264
Harm reduction. (OCoLC)fst01200085
HIV infections -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst00949895
Needle exchange programs. (OCoLC)fst01035421
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780738285764 (hardcover)
0738285765 (hardcover)
9780738285757 (ebook)
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