Drug abuse

Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona

Photo: Jaclyn Brown, volunteer coordinator at Shot in the Dark, visits the nonprofit’s storage facility. One of the greatest challenges clean-needle exchanges face, she says, is the misconception that they enable drug use. (Photo by Gianluca D’Elia/Cronkite News) For about a year, Jaclyn Brown has been training volunteers for a needle exchange program that works

Opioid epidemic

With drug overdoses rising, policy leaders take action

The United States just recorded the most overdose deaths ever seen in a 12-month period – a grim milestone that highlights the weight of the coronavirus pandemic on the prolonged opioid epidemic, as well as the need for more solutions. At the federal and state level, policymakers are proposing increased funding for substance use prevention and more

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