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Naloxone: An important tool, but not the solution to the opioid crisis
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It seems that you folks are just finding out that Naloxone is only a tool and not an answer to the opioid crisis.
Those of us that have been promoting getting Naloxone into the hands of drug users and bystanders always viewed it as a tool in our harm reduction work. It seems when harm reduction strategies hit the traditional world they become compromised, you folks put goals and outcomes into them.
Now listen real close, harm reduction is the practice of reducing drug related harm period. It’s not a solution to your goal stopping the opioid crisis, getting people into drug treatment or to abstain from using substances, only to reduce consequences of drug related harm and death.
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