Overdose epidemic builds new empathy for people with addiction;

Reducing the harms of drug use.

America’s approach to battling illegal drug use has focused for decades on making the consequences as harsh as possible. Those caught selling or using drugs faced stiff criminal penalties, filling the nation’s prisons with mostly minority and low-income offenders. And any policy that made drug use safer was largely seen as enabling addiction or sending the wrong message.

Source: Overdose epidemic builds new empathy for people with addiction; Reducing the harms of drug use