Category: Addiction & Recovery

There is Compassion in Harm Reduction {Trigger Warning}

I do not practice conditional compassion; I practice Harm Reduction. Imagine if I had left Darren alone in his room to inject what he had just purchased. He didn’t have any test strips that detect the presence of Fentanyl in his drugs and this was when we were just starting to see a lot of it pop up into the supply. If Darren had gotten a large enough unanticipated dose of fentanyl in his heroin that day and injected it, he might have died in that hotel room and not lived long enough to complete that housing assessment with me or gotten connected to resources that might have helped him. Recovery is only an option if he is alive. 

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