Don’t Call Them Junkies

shutterstock_154595987America’s attitudes about heroin addiction are changing. The ‘habit’ that was once called a crime is now a called a disease. The drug den that was once thought to exist in the inner city is now your neighborhood. The addicts we knew as junkies are now likely to be your friends, your neighbors, or your children and we’re and starting to realize that way to effectively deal with addiction needs to involve the entire community instead of just the police. Today’s guest is a nurse who worked the streets of Boston for 25 years. He talks about changes in methods of recovery, similarities between the AIDS epidemic and the heroin epidemic and why the most progressive ideas in the fight against opiate addiction are coming from the addicts themselves.

The Lowdown with Ira Wood, Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Saturdays at 5:30 AM on WOMR-FM, a Pacifica Radio affiliate station. Streaming and podcasts on WOMR.ORG.

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