I am an opioid user who is currently not using. Hold the applause; this isn’t about my “triumph” or whatever you want to call it. The time came for me to stop and I did, how is irrelevant. While I haven’t been using for about six months I am in a relationship with someone who is currently still using intravenously and this means I have to accommodate that fact in my life.
Recently it was said by a Senator in the US that “good people don’t use cannabis”. This was in discussion about drug laws, decriminalization, and the entire War on Drugs issue that has so many tongues wagging recently, particularly with cannabis legalization efforts in many jurisdictions and a new “opioid overdose crisis” which has always existed but is finally killing people outside the lower income brackets. It reflects an attitude of much of his constituency, and indeed which prevails even with well-meaning advocates of decriminalization and harm reduction measures. The common viewpoint has absolutely no insight into the way people use drugs, and who uses them in the first place.
You may or may not have heard about the recent spat over police involvement with harm reduction outreach in Toronto. If not here is a brief article about this new “partnership” involving the Toronto Police Service.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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