Opioid Harm Reduction

Publications

Reviewed Work: “Opioid misuse initiation: Implications for intervention”

As the consequences of opioid misuse and abuse
continue to be a concern throughout the United States—from a rise in overdose
deaths to emergency
department visits—the priority to hone…

R Sheet on Opioid and Injection Drug Use Harm Reduction
Carrie Wade & Chelsea Boyd

 Harm reduction programs offer crucial services that save lives and decrease disease transmission. They also encourage interaction with medical professionals, which can improve individual and…

Reviewed Work: “The Moral Hazard of Lifesaving Innovations: Naloxone Access, Opioid Abuse, and Crime”
Carrie Wade & Chelsea Boyd

Harm reduction approaches to manage the risks or consequences from opioid use have already helped reduce rates of infectious disease transmission from injection drug use and overdose deaths. They…

Methadone treatment in Essex County jails can save lives
Nila Bala & Chelsea Boyd

In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has ordered the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton to provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce while he is in jail. The ruling is novel,…

, Washington Examiner
The Canadian model for the opioid crisis
Media Coverage

From the Washington Examiner:
Nicolas John for the R Street Institute: By discarding the prescription requirement for naloxone, the Canadian government has helped break down the powerful stigma…

To Solve the Opioid Crisis, Massachusetts Should Look Abroad
Nicolas John

In the twilight of the legislative session, Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., signed into law an additional measure aimed at combating the opioid crisis in the Bay State. While well-intentioned,…

, The Newport Daily News
Well-Intended state law will not stem tide of opiate deaths
Jesse Kelley

Everyone’s heart breaks for the victims of opiate overdoses and the families left behind to mourn lost loved ones. But Kristen’s Law – which would make it a felony, punishable by life in…

, The American Interest
The medicalization of the police
Arthur Rizer & Jonathan Haggerty

Police in the United States are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. They are often accused of doing too much—being too violent, too racist, too militarized. On the other hand,…

Vote Alert: R Street Urges Members to Vote NO on H.R. 2851, SITSA Act
Caroline Kitchens

Friday, June 15 (Washington): The R Street Institute—a public policy research organization dedicated to free markets and limited, effective government—urges all members to vote NO on H.R. 2851,…