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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Opinion | How Drug Users Developed a Key Approach to Fighting Covid

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As H.I.V. spread in the late 1980s, drug users were forced to help ourselves. Politicians overwhelmingly opposed efforts such as clean-needle programs. Even among activists, the idea was fringe. But from our pain, users and ex-users forged a new way of thinking.

Harm reductionists created syringe exchanges, which are now so strongly supported by data that federal health officials promote