Harm Reduction’s Road From Fringe to Federal Drug Policy


Harm Reduction’s Road From Fringe to Federal Drug Policy

January 27, 2022

Harm Reduction’s Road From Fringe to Federal Drug Policy

The overdose crisis in the U.S. is as deadly as it’s ever been. In response, the Biden administration is embracing a controversial strategy known as harm reduction, which seeks to keep drug users safe even as they continue using. We explore how harm reduction has become more mainstream and what kind of impact we can expect it to have on the overdose crisis.


Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, Associate Dean for Social Justice; Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Keith Humphreys, PhD, Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, Stanford University

Beau Kilmer, PhD, Director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Maia Szalavitz, Journalist and Author, Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction

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