PeaPod has a great post challenging evidence-based practices as a basis for harm reduction Now I’m pretty convinced by the wealth of evidence on methadone prescribing. It saves lives. But I’m always asking compared to what? No treatment? Of course. Stand alone detox? I shudder at the thought. But has anyone designed a study comparing … Continue reading Where’s your evidence?
Responses to this will be interesting to watch. I’m certain that people who object will be accused of moral panic or something like it. I’m open to non-judgmental outreach harm reduction for the purpose of building relationships and gradually engaging people into recovery. I’d like to know how these materials are being used. Are they … Continue reading Heroin for dummies
I saw a Facebook comment today referencing “freedom to” and “freedom from”. It got me thinking about positive and negative liberty and harm reduction. Negative liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative liberty to the extent that actions are available to one in this negative sense. Positive liberty is the … Continue reading Positive liberty and addiction
From the Wall Street Journal: Pete Morse devoted his life to saving the lives of heroin users. A dreadlocked community activist with a Ph.D in history, he bore a tattoo that read: “Injury to one is an injury to all.” So his friends and colleagues were shocked when he was found unconscious in 2007 on … Continue reading Needle Exchanges Save Lives but May Imperil Workers
UPDATE: The author of the post linked to below believes that she was taken out of context. Her blog appears to be down at the moment. She was responding to this proposed definition of recovery: ‘The process of recovery from problematic substance use is characterised by voluntary sustained control over substance use which maximises health … Continue reading More on recovery in the U.K.