Hope on the Front Lines of the Overdose Crisis

It’s hard to find good news about the overdose crisis. The drug supply is poisoned. Year after year, the death rate rises. It’s grim. Yet people like Sam Rivera still believe things can change for the better. Actually, nevermind believe—he’s actively working toward those changes, one hot meal, warm shower, and heartfelt conversation at a time.

Rivera runs OnPoint, a New York–based nonprofit focused on helping drug users stay safe. He’s had a long career in harm reduction, one that started more than 30 years ago, during the AIDS crisis… On the phone, Rivera took every opportunity to emphasize the humanity of the people he helps. Treating people well, he believes, gives them the best chance to get well.

Read the article at Wired


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