A few days ago, Brianne Fitzgerald photographed the drug detritus along a walk from the Andrew T stop to the Boston Comprehensive Drug Treatment Center, about three-quarters of a mile away on Topeka Street. She writes:
The original concept of harm reduction originated during the HIV epidemic when advocates agitated for access to clean needles and syringes in order to slow and prevent the spread of communicable blood borne diseases. During those years there was always the implicit understanding that drugs hurt individuals, families and communities. The primary focus during those years was the reduce the number of new drug users and help people hung up on drugs get off and to recover their lives through treatment. Today it appears that we have done a complete 180. Has the harm reduction movement become the foundation of current drug policy in Massachusetts?