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Undoing Drugs

The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction
Paperback Book
Hachette Books
July, 2022
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Of the countless writers out there whosefocus is addiction, no one can begin to touch the brilliance of Maia Szalavitz.
Kristen Johnston, actress, author of the New York Timesbestselling memoir Guts, addictionadvocate, founder of SLAM NYC

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans annually than guns, cars, or breast cancer. But the United States has tried to solve this national crisis with policies that only made matters worse. In the nameof sending the right message, we have maximized the spread of infectious disease, torn families apart, incarcerated millions of mostly Black and Brown peopleand utterly failed to either prevent addiction or make effective treatment for it widely available.

There is another wayone that is proven to work. However it runs counter to much of the received wisdom about substances and related problems. It is called harm reduction. Created by a group of people who use drugs and by radical public health experts, harm reduction offers a new way of thinkingone that provides startling insights into behavioral and cultural issues that go far beyond drugs.

In a spellbinding narrative rooted in an urgent call to action, Undoing Drugs tells the untold tale of a quirky political movement that has unexpectedly shaken the foundations of world drug policy. It illustrates how hard it can be to take on widely accepted conventional thinkingand what isnecessary to overcome this resistance. Ultimately, Undoing Drugs offers a path forwardled by characters who spent many years being dismissed as worthless, only to develop a breakthrough philosophy that can dramatically improve world health.

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