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Why ‘Harm Reduction’ Could Be a Tool for Managing and Minimizing Drug Addiction

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The opioid epidemic in the United States is unequivocally a disaster. But there are ways of mitigating the death and destruction a drug like heroin or OxyContin reaps.

The Biden administration announced last month $2.5 billion in funding for states to combat the urgent opioid and mental health crisis that has only exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, fatal overdoses have hit a record high, burgeoning during the pandemic and hitting 81,230 in the 12-month period that ended in May 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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